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.
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.
27 February 2014
Elderly and disabled people face losing vital bus services as Government funding cuts leave cash-strapped councils unable to keep picking up the bill for free travel.
In September 2014, a new duty will come into force on governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. New statutory guidance and a consultation document has been produced.
Statutory guidance has been produced to support local authorities in developing their transport policy and publishing their transport policy statements and applies to all post-16 students or trainees.
The detailed distribution of the £150 million capital allocation for the 2014/15 financial year to adapt school kitchens to allow primary schools to deliver universal infant free school meals have been released.
Elizabeth Truss MP, Education and Childcare Minister, has announced changes to childcare and the school day.
Following a recent meeting with Schools Minister David Laws, David Simmonds has written to him raising the concerns expressed by councils on the challenges faced in implementing the Government's commitment to free school meals for infants.
When the Children and Families Bill becomes law, it will bring in the biggest reform of the legal system for special educational needs (SEN) for 30 years. Local government has broadly supported the reforms and has lobbied successfully for several amendments to the Bill.
The Bill has now completed its Parliamentary process and is awaiting Royal Assent before it becomes law. This is expected to be in mid-March when commencement dates for implementing the various provisions of the new law will be confirmed.
Councils which have projects or initiatives inspired by or linked to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games or their legacy can apply for the 'inspired by 2012' brand.