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LGA responds to The Education Policy Institute's annual report on the state of education in England

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report from The Education Policy Institute on educational attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

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LGA responds to County Council Network SEND funding analysis

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report by County Council Network on the special educational needs funding crisis.

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Government urged to toughen up home education plans

​​​​​​​The Government’s plans to introduce a compulsory register for home-educated children risk failing children’s safety unless councils are given the powers to enter a premises to check on a child’s schooling, councils warn today.

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LGA responds to Education Secretary Damian Hinds statement on children in need review

Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, while an additional £1.6 billion is required in high needs funding by 2021. It is essential that Government uses the forthcoming Spending Review to address these shortfalls, and to ensure schools are adequately funded to support all children to achieve their ambitions.”

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Schools staying with their council more likely to remain good/outstanding

“These findings clearly show that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those which convert to an academy."

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LGA responds to Social Mobility Commission's State of the Nation Report

"We want every resident to have a good quality of life and to be able to improve their circumstances regardless of their background or where they live."

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LGA responds to EPI report on off-rolling

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a report by the Education Policy Institute on unexplained pupil exits from schools.

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LGA responds to children securing primary school places

“Every child should have a fair chance of getting into their parents’ preferred school and councils and schools work extremely hard to try and ensure that as many pupils as possible are allocated their first preference.”

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New register for children not in school: LGA response

“The LGA has long-called for a register of children not in school and we look forward to seeing these proposals implemented as a matter of urgency."

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LGA responds to official figures showing increase in school places since 2010

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to Department for Education figures published today which show the proportion of state-funded schools in England over capacity has fallen.