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Devon Education Forum

Schools Forum is an influential body within education, the composition, constitution and procedures of which are governed by national regulations.

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
  • 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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. for staff supply cover, insurance, behaviour support)
  • changes to the scheme of financial management.

All DAG representatives to Devon Education Forum, who are not board members, are given DAG Associate Board status. Associate board member role descriptor (1)

To view DEF Agendas and Minutes please click here.

Representation on Devon Education Forum (DEF) September 2022

The Devon Association of Governance (DAG) is pleased to confirm that after the election process at the end of last term the following are members of the Devon Education Forum from 1st June 2022:

Primary Maintained Representatives: Elizabeth Stubbs, St Peters C of E Primary School, Budleigh Salterton and John Clements, St Martin’s Cranbrook

Primary Academy Representative: Kate Brimacombe, Whitchurch Primary (First Federation Trust)

Secondary Maintained Representative: Sonia Chanell, Tiverton High School

Secondary Academy Representatives: Alex Walmsley, Ted Wragg MAT, Adrian Hines, Education South West and Gilly Sanders, Athena Learning Trust.

Special School Representative: Faith Butler, Marland School

Substitute Academy Secondary Representative: Jill Larcombe, Uffculme Academy Trust

Substitute Special School Representative: Maggie Carter, Orchard Manor/Mill Water School


Primary Governor (Maintained)

Substitute Primary Governor (Maintained)

Substitute Primary Governor/Trustee (Academy)*

Secondary Governor (Maintained) (Substitute)

DAG would now like to invite any additional candidates for any of the above posts to advise Amanda Blewett on [email protected] of their intention to stand no later than 22 July 2022.

*Note: Academies members represent proprietor bodies of academies and are therefore, not necessarily restricted to headteachers or governors or trustees.






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