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Bexley Schools Forum

Schools forums were set up by the government to give schools greater involvement in the distribution of funding for education in the local authority.

Forums have a consultative and advisory role on key aspects of strategy and budget while having regard to wider education issues.

Education makes up nearly half of Bexley's gross expenditure and the forum works closely with the Council to allocate some of these funds to our schools and consult on any proposed changes to school funding or other matters related to the Schools Budget.

Bexley Schools Forum came into being in January 2003 soon after the government introduced the legislation that made them a statutory body. The forum includes members representing maintained primary schools, academies, special schools, Early Years School Providers and our Pupil Referral Unit.

Through lively and interesting debate the forum has come together to form a unified local voice, addressing key financial issues bringing about a cultural change and destroying the 'them and us' myth. Forum members that had previously lobbied the Council individually, to increase budgets or have more say on Council spend, now work together. This gives a greater understanding of other members' difficulties or restrictions.

Each local authority must consult its schools forum on its school funding formula, as well as other issues in connection with school budgets.

The latest agendas and papers can be found on schools forum agenda and papers.

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