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 Forums 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 Formula which distributes budgets to schools, early years providers and other maintained education settings.
The extent to which Schools Forums can scrutinise and challenge such proposals is an important aspect of their effectiveness.