Ealing schools forum: Seven primary school, one high school and three academy members needed

10 Jun 2021

Ealing maintained schools

There will be seven vacancies for primary school representatives on the Ealing schools forum due to the expiration of seven members’ terms of office within the primary schools category on 30 September 2021. One member’s term of office within the high schools category will also expire on 30 September 2021.

Should further vacancies occur prior to the end of the nomination period, then these will also be included and appointed to accordingly.

As per the terms of reference of Ealing schools forum, primary school members must be selected to the schools forum by the heads and governors of maintained primary schools in Ealing. High school members must be selected to the schools forum by the heads and governors of maintained high schools in Ealing.

How to nominate

Nominations to the vacancies are open to heads and governors.

Should you wish to be nominated please inform Cornelia Harding by 5pm on Friday, 25 June 2021, including with your nomination a supporting statement of no more than 200 words.

Email your nominations to CabinetReports@ealing.gov.uk by the deadline date.

Should there be more nominations than vacancies for the primary and high school representatives then an election will be held.

The constitution of the Ealing schools forum includes ten maintained primary school members and four maintained high school members. There are no restrictions on consecutive periods of membership.

Ealing academies

There are currently vacancies on the Ealing schools forum for three academies representatives.

As per the terms of reference of Ealing schools forum, academies members can be elected to the schools forum by the members of the relevant group according to a process determined by the group. The schools forum operational and good practice guidance of 2017 states that “Academies Members must be elected by the proprietor bodies of the academies in the local authority’s area, and they are probably best placed to determine the process”.

Consequently, I have written to the headteachers of Ealing’s academies informing them of the vacancies and seeking their nominations. Ealing’s academies may wish to consider the pupil proportions across all academies when electing their representative(s). Academies members are there to represent the proprietor bodies of academies and are therefore not necessarily restricted to principals, senior staff or governors.

The constitution of the Ealing schools forum includes three academies members, of which there is one existing vacancy and two members’ terms of office are due to expire on 30 September 2021. There are no restrictions on consecutive periods of membership.

In order to be consistent with the appointment of members to vacancies in other categories on Ealing schools forum, appointments for the academies vacancies should be decided and notified via email to CabinetReports@ealing.gov.uk by Friday 25 June 2021.

Please include the name and contact details of the proposed academies representatives for Ealing schools forum by this time. If more than three nominations are received, we request that the academies inform us of the three persons whom they have selected.

The role of Ealing schools forum

Ealing schools forum has a consultative and decision making role detailed in the terms of reference – available upon request from Cornelia Harding (contact details below).

It is used by the LA to consult on:

  • Any proposed changes to the school funding formula including the financial effect of any such change
  • The terms of a proposed contract for supplies and services where the estimated value of the proposed public services contract is not less than the specific threshold which applies to the LA
  • The LA’s function relating to the schools budget in connection with education of pupils with special educational needs, early years education, use of pupil referral units, education of children otherwise than at school, insurance, free school meals, allocation of central government grants and scheme for the financing of schools.

Contact

Cornelia Harding
Email: CabinetReports@ealing.gov.uk
Tel: 0208 825 7380

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Last updated: 10 Jun 2021

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