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 commissioned NFER to examine councils' views on the current approach to commissioning education and training provision for 16 to 19-year-olds, managed nationally by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), and to assess its effectiveness and local impact.
The House of Lords Grand Committee has now finished debating the SEN and disability provisions of the Children and Families Bill.
A new resource aimed at schools has been launched by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC)
The LGA is collecting together some case studies about the council role in school place planning and is looking for councils willing to volunteer to take part. The aim is to help us in our lobbying for additional schools capital to meet rising demand.
The DfE has made available pre-16 mainstream funding and high needs funding presentations.
On 4 October 2013, the Government released a draft version of both the 0 to 25 SEN Code of Practice and regulations for consultation.
The LGA has launched a programme of sector-led support to councils to help them improve the way they track and record young people's participation in education or training.
From the start of this September, local authorities have had a new statutory duty to fund the provision of early education for two-year-olds.
This report, commissioned by LGA and produced by NfER, highlights analysis undertaken on the 2011 and 2012 school-level GCSE results to identify any differences in the performance of academy and non-academy schools.
As schools become more autonomous the scrutiny role of councillors becomes more, not less important. The Local Government Association (LGA), in partnership with the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), has published a report outlining the changing roles of council scrutiny in education.