150 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.

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Children and young people

Powers to open schools should be returned to councils, poll shows

16 April 2014

Nine in 10 people believe councils should be given powers to create and maintain new schools, a poll has shown.

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Children and young people

Knight to remember

3 April 2014

Primary school pupils in Newton Aycliffe travelled back in time as they walked to school with a knight in shining armour and his faithful squire.

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Children and young people

A new landscape for SEN and disability

The Council for Disabled Children is hosting three conferences following Royal Assent for the Children and Families Act 2014 and the development of the new SEN Code of Practice.

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Children and young people

Ofsted inspections under the Single Inspection Framework

The first reports from Ofsted's new children's services inspections have now been published and further inspections are underway.

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Children and young people

Free school meals for infants

The Department for Education (DfE) has released guidance and further details about the funding of the introduction of universal infant free school meals from September this year.

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Children and young people

School Funding 2015/16

Schools Minister David Laws has announced a postponement to the introduction of a national funding formula for schools, and also an additional £350 million in 2015/16 for schools in the 62 'least fairly-funded' local authority areas.

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Children and young people

Action needed on secondary places

20 March 2014

One in three council areas need to take urgent action at secondary level over the next five years, council leaders have warned.

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Children and young people

The council role in school place planning – making sure there are enough school places locally

A debate has been raging for many years about the role councils should play in education. Access some key LGA publications which explain the unique responsibilities that councils have in ensuring there are sufficient school places available to local children and young people.

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Children and young people

Council work on school places paying off, but more still needed

14 March 2014

Councils are taking extraordinary measures to respond to the shortage of school places, including borrowing millions of pounds to make up for shortfalls in government grants.

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Our ambition for children and young people – consultation

The LGA welcomes comments on the proposals in this paper from our member councils and from our partners in the voluntary and private sectors. In parallel, we will also seek the views of children and young people, working with the British Youth Council.