Outside or Internal body

Somerset Schools Forum


Schools Forums were set up to give schools greater involvement in the distribution of funding within their Local Authority.  They became mandatory in January 2013 and the powers of the Forum have grown with changes to school funding regulations.


The Schools Forum has a consultative role in relation to: formula change, contracts, financial issues, minimum funding guarantee and decision making power on some other issues.


The forum is responsible for decisions on:

  • How much funding may be centrally retained within the Dedicated Schools Grant
  • Any proposed carry forward of deficits on central spend from one funding period to the next
  • Proposals to de-delegate funding from maintained primary and secondary schools
  • Changes to the scheme of financial management



For more information please visit the Schools Forum website.

Contact information

Somerset Schools Forum

Phone: 01823 356911