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.
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.
The LGA report, 'Our ambition for children and young people' aims to support a radical rewiring of local public services. It sets out four high level ambitions and groups 'core measures' underneath them.
9 July 2014
The confusing structures of school accountability should be radically streamlined and bureaucracy stripped away to give parents an easily-identifiable local body responsible for holding their children's school to account, councils have said today.
4 July 2014
Council leaders are warning about the consequences of yet more proposed cuts to education services in a climate where school oversight has come under scrutiny in the wake of investigations in Birmingham.
3 July 2014
Councils have a key role to play in the lives of children and young people, from the early years to age 25 and beyond, writes Cllr David Simmonds
The DfE has announced additional 'new burdens' funding for local authorities to implement the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms.
The CfPS and the LGA are now collecting case studies on how councils have adapted the role of ward councillors, building on their community leadership role to build effective relationships with schools in their patch.
Recent Labour Force Survey data and council-collected NCCIS data releases show the number of disengaged 16 to 18-year-olds falling by 44 per cent over the last four to five years.
19 June 2014
In the wake of investigations in Birmingham, the LGA believes that empowered councils are the solution to holding local schools to account and helping rebuild both pupil and parent confidence.
The Soulbury Committee has undertaken a joint workforce survey to gather information on staff numbers and pay in the sector.