The Forum is a statutory body that provides a formal channel of communication between Sheffield City Council (SCC) and Sheffield schools; and serves as a mechanism for consultation regarding the funding of schools.

There are 3 types of Forum member: school member, non-school member and other attendees. Membership is fully representative and proportionate of different school sectors. Non-school membership includes:

  • early years Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector (PVIs)
  • Learn Sheffield
  • chairs of Secondary and Governor Groups
  • the 14-19 sector
  • faith schools
  • trade unions

Other attendees include representation from the Local Authority, including the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families. Details of current Forum members, including which sector they represent are available to view and download. 

Schools Forum current meeting papers

The agenda and papers for the meeting on 20 December 2017 are available to download, along with the minutes of the September meeting. Papers from previous Schools Forum meetings are available for download in the meeting papers archive.

Schools Forum meeting dates

We have 2 upcoming meetings:

  • 15 February 2018, 3.15pm-5.15pm at The Circle
  • 21 June 2018, 3pm-5pm at Learn Sheffield
  • 29 January 2018, 1-3pm (Extraordinary Meeting of the Forum to discuss School Improvement) at The Circle

The Schools Forum is a public meeting, which means that non-members are welcome to attend as observers.

Archived Schools Forum papers

National Funding Formula Consultation

In March 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) sought views on proposals to introduce a national funding formula for schools. The consultation set plans to deliver a fair, transparent funding system where the amount of funding children attract for their schools is based on need and is consistent across the country.

Stage one

Stage one was closed in April 2016 and sought views on:

  • the principles that underpin the formula
  • the pupil characteristics and school factors we include in the formula
  • the overall funding system

Stage two 

This stage focused on the detailed design of the Schools and High Needs blocks and closed on 22 March 2017. 

In partnership with the Sheffield Schools Forum and Learn Sheffield, we collectively responded to both stages of the consultation.

Forum working groups

These are set up when a particular issue/work stream requires more attention than can be given at regular meetings and include wider representation than the Forum membership. Their role is to provide advice and outline decisions for the Forum to consider.

Current working groups include:

  • Early Years Working Group
  • Funding Formula Review Working Group
  • School Improvement Working Group

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