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LGA responds to National Deaf Children’s Society survey

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to a survey of specialist teachers by the National Deaf Children’s Society, warning of a system falling into crisis.

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LGA responds to Education Committee report on early years

“Councils have grave concerns about the future of maintained nurseries if the current funding does not continue beyond 2020."

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LGA responds to Education Secretary's comments on academies

“Converting to an academy is not always the best solution for a struggling school.

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LGA responds to PAC report on academies

"This damning report raises serious questions around academy financial governance and will be hugely concerning to parents and teachers across the country."

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LGA responds to EPI report on school revenue balances

“These findings are further evidence of the funding pressures schools and councils are under, including support for children with special needs, which faces a shortfall of £472 million this year alone."

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LGA responds to special needs funding announcement

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to the announcement by the Department for Education of funding to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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'Emergency injection' of special needs funding needed to protect support

An “emergency injection” of funding is needed to prop up support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), which faces a potential funding gap of up to £1.6 billion by 2020/21, council leaders say today.

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LGA responds to adverts near schools banned by the Advertising Standards Authority

“It is not right when we are trying to educate children around the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, that at the same time they are subjected to a bombardment of junk food advertising.”

Future of maintained nurseries and support for children with special needs at risk - LGA survey

“This provision is now under threat unless government commits to an extra year of funding in 2020/21 as part of wider work to find a long-term sustainable funding solution in the Spending Review."

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LGA responds to apprenticeship levy announcement at Conservative Conference

"Today’s announcement to increase the amount that employers can transfer of their Levy contribution is a positive sign that the Government is listening to council concerns around the need for flexibility to ensure the Levy is genuinely effective."