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LGA responds to the Education Select Committee report on SEND

“Extra funding for SEND services next year is recognition of these pressures and will help councils in meeting demand for support next year, but we agree with the Committee that system reform is necessary alongside additional funding."

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LGA responds to Education Policy Institute report on unexplained pupil exits

Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Boards, Cllr Judith Blake, responds to a report by the Education Policy Institute on unexplained exits of pupils.

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LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman report on education, health and care plans

“While we are pleased the Government has announced an additional £700 million for children with special educational needs, without certainty over funding for the future the situation will get worse as the number of children who need support continues to increase."

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LGA responds to National Audit Office's SEND report

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Judith Blake, responds to a report by the National Audit Office on the need to review the education of children with special educational needs.

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LGA responds to SEND review announcement by Government

“This cross-government review of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support is good news and is what the LGA has previously called for."

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LGA – give mainstream schools incentives to support pupils with special needs

Mainstream schools should be incentivised to take in more children with special needs, to ensure the country offers a more inclusive education system, say councils.

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Councils boost school places but secondary crisis looms next year

“Councils need to be allowed to open new maintained schools and direct academies to expand. It makes no sense for councils to be given the responsibility to plan for school places but then not be allowed to open schools themselves. "

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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.