Schools forum operational and good practice guide

Information for local authorities, school leaders and governing bodies about their schools forum obligations and duties.


Schools forums structure

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The schools forum operational and good practice guide provides detailed information for local authorities, schools forum members and members of the public around the requirements of running effective school forum meetings. The guide provides good practice recommendations and information on how to comply with the regulations.

The schools forum powers and responsibilities guide provides in depth detail around the voting rights of schools forum elected members. It highlights the topics members are required to vote or be consulted on. The document also shows which sector is required to vote and any restrictions.

Further detail on the required structure for the schools forum can be found in the schools forum structure guide. The guide breaks down the types of members and elections.

The self-assessment document allows you to identify the strengths and potential weaknesses of your schools forum.

Published 26 March 2015
Last updated 28 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have updated the operational and good practice guide: schools forums can meet remotely until 31 March 2021 due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  2. We've updated the operational and good practice guide, and the powers and responsibilities guide and made it clearer who the intended users are for each of the documents.

  3. We’ve updated the schools forum operational and good practice guide and the schools forums powers and responsibilities.

  4. 'Schools forums power and responsibilities' table updated. Date removed from the 'schools forums: operational and good practice guide'.

  5. First published.