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National funding formula for schools announcement – LGA response

“The LGA has long called for fairer funding for all schools and for councils to be able to work with schools to set budgets that reflect local need."


LGA responds to Ofsted Annual Report

“Ninety-one per cent of maintained schools are now rated as either outstanding or good, which is a great achievement that must now be acknowledged by central government. Councils must now be recognised as improvement partners, and be allowed to help all schools improve where necessary, including academies and free schools."


Councils respond to DFE’s Social Mobility Action Plan

"Councils want every child to have a good quality of life and be able to improve their circumstances regardless of their background or where they live. It is absolutely right that the DfE is embracing the social mobility agenda, but this goes much further than just education."


LGA responds to school capacity figures

"If we’re to meet the demand for school places then councils should be given back the powers to open new maintained schools and existing academy schools should expand where required."


LGA responds to report on school funding pressures

"Councils are clear that the Government should provide additional and ongoing funding to meet this need, otherwise councils may not be able to meet their statutory duties and children with high needs or disabilities could miss out on a mainstream education."


LGA responds to DFE home education measures

"Councils need the powers and appropriate funding to enter homes or other premises to check a child’s schooling, and make sure they aren’t being taught in unsuitable or dangerous environments."


Councils respond to number of children securing first choice primary school places

“Over recent years councils have created an extra 600,000 new places. This is a demonstrable record that they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place."


LGA responds to latest school offer statistics

“Since 2010 councils have created more than 800,000 extra new places, and more than 85 per cent of these were in schools rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding."


LGA responds to latest special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) stats

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to the latest special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) statistics published today by the Department for Education.


Thousands of children to miss out on secondary school place in five years

More than half of all councils in England are at risk of not being able to meet demand for secondary school places, according to new analysis by the LGA.