In Section 1.6 of the School funding reform: Next steps towards a fairer system document, we refer to Improved Schools Forum arrangements and the need for local decision-making to operate in a consistently fair and effective way and in consultation with schools and Academies. We have therefore reviewed the legislation relating to Schools Forums, proposing to revoke and replace the Schools Forums Regulations 2010.

Please see letter on consultation on the draft Schools Forums (England) Regulations 2012, together with the draft regulations below.

We consulted on the future role of forums in the summer of last year and announced decisions in March 2012. The proposed new draft regulations give effect to and take account of these decisions.

We are setting a four week consultation period; unfortunately this has to be a short period as the aim is for the regulations to be in force by early October 2012. Therefore, comments need to be returned by 11 July 2012 at the latest.

Please send your comments to the EFA reformteam.funding@education.gsi.gov.uk .