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Schools Forum

Cumbria Schools Forum

The Government requires that each local authority (LA) maintain a Schools Forum to represent its schools' views on matters relating to the total Schools' Budget. 

The purpose of the Schools Forum is to provide strategic direction for the funding of schools in the local authority and support services in relation to new school funding arrangements.  The regulations below govern the composition, constitution and procedures of the Schools Forum. 

The Schools Forum (England) Regulations 2012 govern the composition, constitution and procedures of the Schools Forum. 

The Schools Forum in Cumbria operates in accordance with an agreed constitution and is made up of school, non-school and observer members:

The Schools Forum has also established a number of working groups:

  • School Budgets Working Group

  • SEN, Access and Inclusion, Social Deprivation Working Group

  • Early Years Working Group


The Schools Forum meets at least four times each year.   Meetings of the full Forum are public meetings. 

The working groups meet at least four times each year. 

An agenda and papers for these two meetings will be circulated before the meeting.  Copies will also be available on the left hand menu.

National School Funding Reform: Arrangements for 2015-16

These consultation documents set out proposals for school funding in Cumbria for 2015-16.  All schools and academies in Cumbria have received a copy.  The consultation commenced on 10 September 2014 and the closing date for responses is 8 October 2014.

There is a separate letter regarding eligibility for the sparsity factor.  The deadline for submitting applications is 24 September 2014.

Covering letter - school funding reform consultation 2015-16 (PDF, 59kB)

Application for eligibility for the sparsity factor in 2015-16 (PDF, 64kB)

Appendix A (PDF, 41kB)

Appendix A (XLSX, 42kB)

Appendix B (PDF, 105kB)

Appendix B (XLSX, 67kB)

Consultation document (PDF, 122kB)

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