Schools forum

The Schools Forum is a statutory body whose purpose is to advise on matters relating to the authority's schools budget. It must be consulted on:

  • proposed changes to the school funding formula
  • proposed contracts for certain supplies and services paid from the schools' budget and invitation to tender for these contracts
  • annually on the schools' budget
  • other matters concerning the funding of schools.

The Schools Forum also has decision-making powers on proposals from the local authority to move away from the requirements of the school funding regulations in response to local circumstances. It also acts as an advisory body to the Cabinet. The members of the Forum are accountable to the groups that they represent – schools, governing bodies and trades unions. Governors can contact their reps about the work of the Forum.

Meetings will commence at 8.30am on the following dates, and will be held at The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 229 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6AB.

Meeting dates

Meeting dates 2023
Date Time Venue 

Wednesday 8 March 2023

8.30 – 10am 

PDC Main Hall GO4  

Wednesday 21 June 2023

8.30 – 10am

PDC Main Hall GO4 


School Forum reports

If you would like to attend the upcoming Schools Forum as an observer please contact Governor Services on 020 7364 2258 /3141 or

You can also contact Farhad Ahmed if you require a report that isn't available on this page.

18 January 2023

30 November 2022

October 2022

22 June 2022

9 March 2022

12 January 2022

Previous school Forum reports

13 October 2021

23 June 2021

28 April 2021

10 March 2021

13 January 2021

2 December 2020

14 October 2020

17 June 2020

4 March 2020

15 January 2020

16 October 2019

24 March 2019

6 March 2019

16 January 2019 

5 December 2018

10 October 2018

Governors represent the phase of school i.e. nursery, primary, secondary and special, not type of school, i.e. community or voluntary.

You are welcome to contact them with queries about the work of the Forum. 

Further information, including the full membership, is available from

Farhad Ahmed
Tel: 07720 684 290