Salford Schools Forum

National regulations govern the composition, constitution and procedures of schools forums. The Schools Forums (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 make provisions to enable schools forums to meet remotely while they are unable to meet physically in a room during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This includes, but is not limited to, telephone conferencing, video conferencing, live webcast, and live interactive streaming. These arrangements are currently in place for the 2020 to 2021 financial year, up to the end of March 2021.

About schools forums

Schools forums generally have a consultative role. However, there are situations in which they have decision making powers. The respective roles of schools forums, local authorities, and the Department for Education (DfE) are summarised in the schools forum powers and responsibilities guidance.

There’s no specific definition of these consultation requirements over and above the wording in the regulations. It’s a matter for the local authority to decide on the appropriate level of detail it needs to generate a sufficiently informed response from schools forum.

The schools forum regulations provide a framework for the appointment of members, but allow a considerable degree of discretion in order to accommodate local priorities and practice. A quick guide to the structure of schools forums is available on GOV.UK.

Meeting dates

Until further notice all meetings will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams at 4.15pm.

  • Wednesday 9 December 2020
  • Wednesday 20 January 2021
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Wednesday 19 May 2021
  • Wednesday 7 July 2021
  • Wednesday 22 September 2021
  • Wednesday 13 October 2021
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021


Expand the boxes below to see all the schools and non-schools members.


Primary schools - Head teachers

Member Term of office
Daniel Gauld July 2018 / July 2022
Sandra Burgess April 2020 / April 2024
Stephen Lawler-Smith July 2020 / July 2024
Roger Blackburn October 2020 / October 2024

Primary schools - Governors

Member Term of office
Sheila Hamnett April 2018 / April 2022
Judith Elderkin (Deputy Chair) December 2016 / December 2020
Stacey Corlett March 2019 / March 2023

Primary academy - Head teachers

Member Term of office
Judith Richens December 2019 / December 2023

Primary academy - Governors

Member Term of office
Andrew Sargeant (Chair) March 2017 / March 2021

Secondary schools - Head teachers

Member Term of office
Andrea Cavanagh Novemeber 2018 / November 2022

Secondary schools - Governors

Member Term of office
Graham Walker September 2020 / Septenber 2024

Secondary academy - Head teachers

Member Term of office
Michelle Duval January 2020 / January 2024
Tracey Roscoe January 2020 / January 2024

Secondary academy - Governors

Member Term of office
Vacant Vacant

Special schools

Member Term of office
Jacqui Wennington March 2017 / March 2021

Special academy - Head teachers

Member Term of office
Martin Hanbury December 2016 / December 2020

Pupil referral units

Member Term of office
Debbie Ramsay October 2020 / October 2024


Faith communities

Member Term of office
Julia Kinch December 2020 / December 2024

The Early Years Partnership

Member Term of office
Christopher Gray March 2017 / March 2021

The 14 / 19 Partnership

Member Term of office
Michael Sheenan October 2017 / October 2021

Teacher trade union

Member Term of office
Rachel Knight September 2018 / September 2022

Non-teacher trade union

Member Term of office
Diane Ogg May 2019 / May 2023

The constitution, agendas, meeting records and reports are available below. Older agendas, minutes and reports can also be viewed.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

Who to contact

Elizabeth Jones
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5DA
Map to this location
0161 778 0138

This page was last updated on 3 December 2020

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