One hundred and fifty 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

In this section


Early Years (0-5)

Issues affecting children aged 0 to five years.



Issues affecting schools and education from five to 16 years


Post-16 education, training and employment including 'Hidden Talents'

Issues affecting young people over 16 including careers guidance and apprenticeships.



Issues affecting Special Educational Needs and Disability.


4 February 2015


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