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Durham Schools Forum


The Durham Schools Forum is a formal advisory and decision making body on matters relating to school funding.

It consists of school and academy representatives, headteachers, governors, non-school members, 14-19 partnership, early years private, voluntary/independent sector providers, diocese and union representatives.

The forum meets at least four times a year and is open to the public.

It provides a means of communication between local authorities and schools on funding matters affecting schools. It must be consulted on any changes to the formula used to fund schools, and the financial effects of any proposed changes. Finally, it is consulted annually on financial issues relating to:

  • pupils with special educational needs
  • use of pupil referral units and education of children otherwise at school
  • early years
  • administration of the allocation of central government grants paid to schools via the local authority
  • contracts for provision of services to schools.

The next meeting

The next meeting of the Durham Schools Forum will take place on: 

  • 15 April 2021
  • 29 June 2021
  • 22 September 2021
  • 25 November 2021

Meetings will begin at 9.30am and will take place remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schools forum minutes and agendas

Schools Forum meeting 15 April 2021 papers 

Previous meetings

Please contact us for papers from previous meetings.

Schools forum membership

Schools forum governance

Contact us
Durham Schools Forum
03000 265 853
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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