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There has been a requirement since January 2003 for LA's to establish a Schools Forum for their area. The framework for their constitution and workings are set in Government Statutory Instrument and Regulations from the Department for Education (DFE). Dudley’s Schools Forum operates within the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council corporate democratic structure and meets, on average, twice per school term and these meetings are open to the public.

Schools Forum have specific remits and decision-making powers on local issues contained within the legal framework. Their role is to advise the Council on matters affecting schools funding – principally the allocation of Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), and the local Fair Funding Formulae which distributes budgets to schools, early years providers and other maintained education settings.

The Dudley Schools Forum is a body comprising representatives of maintained schools, academies, and early years providers within the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council area, together with other local partners and stakeholders. The arrangements for selection of representatives are set out in the Constitution which can be found under the DfE Related heading.

View the Schools Forum area of the DfE website