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Devon Education (Schools) Forum

This Independent Committee makes representations to the County Council.

The role of Schools Forum

Schools Forum is made up of representatives from schools and academies, but with some representation from other non-school organisations, such as nursery and 16-19 education providers. The forum acts as a consultative body on some issues and a decision-making body on others.

The forum acts in a consultative role for:

  • changes to the local funding formula (the local authority is responsible for the final decision, although in some cases it may delegate the decision-making power to the Schools Forum)
  • proposed changes to the operation of the minimum funding guarantee
  • changes to or new contracts affecting schools (for example, school meals)
  • arrangements for pupils with special educational needs, in pupil referral units and in early years provision.

The forum is responsible for decisions on:

  • how much funding may be centrally retained within the Dedicated Schools Grant (for example, for the Admissions Service, prudential borrowing costs, additional funding available for growing schools)
  • any proposed carry forward of deficits on central spend from one year to the next
  • proposals to de-delegate funding from maintained primary and secondary schools (for example, for staff supply cover, insurance, behaviour support)
  • changes to the scheme of financial management

For more information about the Forum please phone 01392 382305 or email

Non-statutory responsibilities

The County Council has agreed that the Forum will be consulted on all educational issues that affect young people aged 0-19.

Current standing groups


All meetings take place at 10.00 am unless otherwise specified at meeting arrangements and venue details.

  • Wednesday 18 January 2023.
  • Wednesday 22 March 2023.
  • Wednesday 21 June 2023.
  • Wednesday 22 November 2023.
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024.
  • Wednesday 20 March 2024.

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