One hundred and fifty English local authorities and all authorities in Wales have the strategic lead for education of children and young people. They have a legal duty to ensure that every child fulfils his or her educational potential.

The authority must be a champion for the best interests of the pupil and listen to the concerns and interests of parents and carers. It must monitor the performance of maintained schools in its area and ensure that where improvements are necessary, these are carried out effectively and expeditiously.

The LGA works to support authorities to develop and improve their educational services for all children. and young people.

Children and Young People Board

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Children and young people

Councils warn of £1bn shortfall in funding for new school places

27 August 2014

Council budgets are plugging a national 'black hole' of at least £1 billion in school places funding, town hall leaders are warning today.

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Latest news

Councils forced to divert money to pay for free school meals, new research shows

18 August 2014

Councils and schools have been forced to divert money from other budgets to ensure the Government's promise of a free school meal for all pupils aged seven and under can be delivered when the new school year begins next month.

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Health

Autism Innovation Fund

Local authorities, NHS, third sector, commercial and voluntary organisations or individuals with autism in co-production with any of the above are all encouraged to apply for funding under the Autism Innovation Fund. The deadline is Tuesday 26 August at 5.00 pm.

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Children and young people

Launch of NEXUS v6.0

NEXUS v6.0 is now live and available to all NCER member local authorities.

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Children and young people

Special Educational Needs I

The LGA has published a brief overview of the SEN and disabilities reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014.

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Children and young people

Early years pupil premium

The DfE has published a consultation on early years pupil premium and participation funding for two-year-olds, with a deadline of 22 August.

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Children and young people

Special Educational Needs II

The DfE has updated its implementation guidance on the forthcoming SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.

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Children and young people

Education trusts

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the next government to require all types of schools to work together in education trusts.

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Children and young people

Bright futures: local children, local approaches

The plethora of case studies in this publication shows how councils up and down the country are using children's centres to help deliver early intervention through integrated health provision and getting children school-ready, to a more formal community budget approach.

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Children and young people

LGA/SOLACE response to DfE consultation on savings to the ESG for 2015/16

Councils oppose the proposed additional cut of 20 per cent in ESG, which will put further pressure on the ability of councils to support schools to improve and hold them to account for their performance.