Schools' Forum

Information about the Schools' Forum.

What is the Schools National Funding Formula?    

A Local Authority's schools budget is funded by a ring-fenced grant, the Dedicated Schools Grant and consists of a number of separate funding blocks. The Department for Education (DfE) has determined that each of these funding blocks will in future be calculated by a separate national funding formula. The national funding formula for the early years funding block was introduced in 2017/18, with national funding formulae for the schools, high needs and new central schools services blocks introduced in 2018/19.

On 12 December 2017 the East Riding's Cabinet approved a local schools funding formula to be used in 2018/19 and 2019/20, which mirrors the existing local schools funding formula with a slight modification to include national funding formula deprivation values.

The DfE confirmed in July 2018 that local authorities will be able to continue setting their own local funding formula in 2020/21. No decision on which local funding formula will be used in 2020/21 has yet been taken.

What changes are there to the School Funding Arrangements?

During summer 2017, the DfE confirmed that the new national funding formulae for schools, high needs and central schools services would be introduced as previously consulted on in 2018/19. School level funding allocations were provided by the DfE for each school in 2018/19 and 2019/20. However, these allocations are notional and the DfE have confirmed that it is still the responsibility of local authorities to distribute the overall schools block (the total of all school level allocations) to schools through its local funding formula.

Issues surrounding the national funding formula and the proposed East Riding local funding formula, including the results of a consultation with schools were discussed at two meetings of the Schools' Forum on 5 October 2017 and 23 November 2017. Responses to the consultation and subsequent recommendation from the Schools' Forum were presented to Cabinet on 12 December 2017. 

Details of the final level of Dedicated Schools Grant for 2018/19 were announced by the DfE on 19 December 2017 and were presented alongside details of the approved 2018/19 local schools funding formula, to the Schools' Forum on 11 January 2018.

Where are the current Schools' Forum budget reports?

The following reports are to be presented to the Schools' Forum on 26 January 2023:

Where are the current Schools' Forum minutes?

The current minutes can be found below:

Where are the current financial arrangement sub-group minutes?

The current minutes can be found below:

Who is the key contact for the Schools' Forum?

For questions relating to the Schools' Forum please contact: 

Jonathan Fisher, Finance Manager
Email:  jonathan.fisher@eastriding.gov.uk 
Tel: (01482) 394210 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
County Hall
Cross Street
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA.

When is the next meeting of the Schools' Forum?

The next meeting is scheduled for 26 January 2023.

Where is the current Schools' Forum constitution?

The current Schools' Forum constitution is available to download as a PDF file below:

Where are the previous Schools' Forum budget reports?

The schools' budget is funded entirely through the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) and is approved on a multi-year basis. For previous years reports please select from the list below:

Where are the previous Schools' Forum minutes?

Please select from the links below for previous Schools' Forum minutes:

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