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.
24 April 2014
A new project for junior, secondary and special educational needs (SEN) schools and academy trusts has launched to help increase take-up of school meals by those who need them most.
16 April 2014
Nine in 10 people believe councils should be given powers to create and maintain new schools, a poll has shown.
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.
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.
The first reports from Ofsted's new children's services inspections have now been published and further inspections are underway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.