The guide draws on the experience and knowledge of schools forum members, local authority members and officers and the department and its partners. Other than where it is describing requirements set out in the regulations it is not designed to be prescriptive – what is good practice in one schools forum may not be appropriate in another, given the diverse circumstances of local areas. However, it is hoped the guide will stimulate some debate within schools forums and contribute to their ongoing development.
It has been the subject of consultation with a wide variety of external partners. In particular, members of the department’s School Funding Implementation Group, made up of representatives of headteachers and governors, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Academies Funding Reference Group have provided valuable input and advice on the content of the guide.
- information on the constitutional and procedural requirements as set out in the Schools Forums Regulations 1
- key aspects of the operation of schools forums at local level
- information on the kinds of induction, training material and activities that local authorities should provide
- sources of further information and departmental contacts