The Newcastle Schools Forum advises the council on matters affecting school funding. It must be consulted on any changes to the formula used to fund schools and the financial effects of any proposed changes.
The forum is also consulted annually on financial issues relating to:
- administration of the allocation of central government grants paid to schools via the local authority
- pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, in particular the places commissioned by the local authority and schools and the arrangements for top-up funding
- use of pupil referral units and the education of children otherwise at school
- early years provision
- contracts for the provision of services funded from school budgets.
Forum meetings are held at least four time a year and are open to the public.