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Dorset Schools Forum

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The Dorset Schools' Forum is an advisory group of head teachers, school governors and non-school members with specific decision making powers who meet with the local authority (LA) to consider financial matters relating to schools and wider education.

It acts as the conduit for colleagues in schools, early years' settings and providers of 16-19 education, for information relating to schools' budget funding. It also provides the principal feedback channel on funding issues, enabling the views of schools and providers to be formally communicated to LA officers and county councillors.
As it is required to take a strategic view in all its dealings, the Schools' Forum is unable to 'champion' individual causes. However, it is always useful for members to be appraised of any issues.

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What are our responsibilites?

Whilst schools' forums are independent of local authorities, they are supported by them. The LA calls and records meetings, disseminates the outcomes of discussions and is responsible for training members and managing their expenses. The People - Children Directorate Sufficiency and Funding Manager leads in making proposals to the Schools' Forum, ensures that county councillors are kept up to date on schools' budget issues and takes responsibility for the work of the paid LA officers who support the group.
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Statutory requirements

It is a statutory requirement for all local authorities to have a schools' forum constituted under the Schools' Forum (England) Regulations 2012 as amended by subsequent Schools and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations laid annually. These statutory instruments regulate its power and responsibilities. The guidelines under which the Dorset Schools' Forum operates can be found in its terms of reference.
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Further Information

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Clerk to the Schools' Forum
Karen Smallwood
01305 224172

Sufficiency and Funding Manager
Margaret Judd
01305 221886

Assistant Finance Officer
Lucy Cropp
01305 224155
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