All local authorities must establish a schools forum. They are consultative bodies to advise local authorities on matters, prescribed in regulations, relating to the repeating funding arrangements for schools and other non-school-based pupil provision.


A minimum of 80% of the members of a schools forum must be 'schools members' (either head teacher representatives or governors) while the remaining 20% of members can be 'non-schools members' nominated by a local authority. Non-school 'relevant bodies' who have a legitimate interest in local school and other pupil provision funding processes.

What the Schools forum does

Lambeth Schools Forum, helps to maintain, develop and review Lambeth's Scheme of Devolved Funding, as well as the Lambeth Schools Funding Formula.

The Lambeth Schools Forum is a statutory body that advises the council on issues related to schools budgets, such as formula funding, contracts and provision for the education of pupils with special educational needs.

The Schools Forum meets about four times a year in time for its views to be taken into account in deciding how the schools budget for the following financial year should be used.

Dates for the 2020-21 financial year

  • Tuesday 23rd June 2020 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 6th October 2020, 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 11th December 2020, 4pm-6pm (tbc)
  • Tuesday 12th January 2020, 4pm-6pm (tbc)
  • Tuesday 23rd March 2020, 4pm-6pm (tbc)

All meetings are held at Hitherfield Primary School (currently Via Ms Teams due to Covid-19.

Find out more about schools forums on the Department for Education website


The most recent versions of Lambeth School Forum documents:

Meeting papers

Schools Forum meetings are open to the members of the public who can observe.

Schools Forum meetings are held at nominated schools - for information regarding meeting venue please contact

If you have any specific needs to help you attend, contact Lambeth Schools Finance at at least 24 hours before the meeting.

For older meeting minutes and papers contact