School Budget Forum

All Councils are required to have a Schools Budget Forum in accordance with Section 47A of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 as inserted by the Education Act 2002 and The Schools Budget Forums (Wales) Regulations.


Councils are required to consult their schools forum annually on:

  • Revisions to its Scheme for Financing Schools
  • The likely effect of any changes to the funding formula
  • Contracts for supplies and services that exceed the prescribed threshold for procurement
  • Service Level Agreements for the supply of goods and services by the Council to schools
  • Proposed changes to the factors and criteria which are taken into account or the methods, principles and rules to be adopted in relation to the formula for funding schools


The Council will also consult the forum on the financial implications of other areas of the Education and Schools’ delegated budget such as:

  • Arrangements for the education of pupils with Additional Learning Needs
  • Allocation and use of specific grants


The forum has a key role in developing understanding and promoting an effective dialogue between the Council and schools.


The Council, working in partnership with the Schools Budget Forum, values its contribution to the decision making process.


Schools Budget Forum Focus Groups

  • Secondary ALN funding Sub group
  • Primary ALN funding Sub group

Work Programme 

  • Continuation of review of Mainstream schools funding formula
  • Review of ALN funding in mainstream schools
  • Review of special school funding


Timetable of Meetings

  • Monday 13 January 2020, 8:30am, Ysgol Y Deri
  • Wednesday 11 March 2020, 1.30pm, Ysgol Y Deri
  • Wednesday 23 September, 8.30am on Microsoft teams 
  • Wednesday 02 December,  9.30am on Microsoft teams
  • March TBC

It may be necessary at certain times of the year e.g. budget time (November to March) to hold more frequent meetings.  Likewise if there is a particular initiative or issue that needs more urgent attention then additional meetings may be arranged.


There may also be occasion to establish small ad hoc task and finish focus groups to look at and report on specific areas.  


If you would like to raise anything that is within the remit of the Schools Budget Forum, please contact your respective representative.


School Budget forum meetings
Meeting Minutes and Agendas

1. Agenda 09 June 2021

2. Budget Forum membership May 2021

3. Draft minutes 02/12/20

4. WG stats - LA budgeted expenditure on schools 2020-21

5. Programme of Work (draft) 2021-22

6. Schools Revenue Grants 2020-21

7. Schools Revenue Grant Funding 21-22

8. School Balances 31 March 2021


Agenda 02/12/2020

2. Draft minutes 23/09/20

3. Budget Forum membership December 2020

4. a. School balances 31/03./20

4. b. School balances projection for March 2021

4. c. School balances summary

5. a. Schools budget bid 2021/22

5. b. Learning and Skills Cost pressures 2021/22

6. LA budgeted expenditure on schools 2019/20 (stats Wales)


Agenda 23/09/2020

Draft Minutes 23/09/2020

2. 11 March 2020 Budget Forum Draft Minutes

3. Budget Forum membership September 2020 

4. Schools eligible expenditure covid hardship fund 22.09.20

4a.Schools Covid eligible expenditure and loss of income from the covid hardship Fund

6. Grants Update September 2020

7. School Balances 31.03.20

8. Section 52 2021 Budget

10. Revenue cost pressures Draft 2021

11/03/2020 Draft Minutes 11/03/2020
13/01/2020 Agenda 13/01/2020, Minutes 13/01/2020
11/09/2019 Agenda 11/09/2019, Minutes 11/09/2019
05/06/2019 Agenda 11/09/2019, Minutes 11/09/2019
06/03/2019 Agenda 06/03/2020, Minutes 06/03/2020