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.

Children and Young People Board

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Children and young people

Special Educational Needs II

The DfE has updated its implementation guidance on the forthcoming SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.

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Launch of NEXUS v6.0

NEXUS v6.0 is now live and available to all NCER member local authorities.

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Children and young people

Special Educational Needs I

The LGA has published a brief overview of the SEN and disabilities reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014.

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Children and young people

Early years pupil premium

The DfE has published a consultation on early years pupil premium and participation funding for two-year-olds, with a deadline of 22 August.

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Delivering Differently to Young People

The Cabinet Office, supported by the Local Government Association, is launching a Delivering Differently to Young People programme.

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Education trusts

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the next government to require all types of schools to work together in education trusts.

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Children and young people

LGA/SOLACE response to DfE consultation on savings to the ESG for 2015/16

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.

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Our ambition for children and young people

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.

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All-school education trusts would end parent confusion and drive improvement

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.

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No to another 20 per cent cut in education budgets, say council chiefs

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.