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LGA responds to Ofsted review of sexual harassment in schools

"Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility, and local safeguarding partnerships, including councils, health providers and the police along with schools will want to consider carefully the findings and recommendations of this report."

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LGA statement: Councils respond to DfE education recovery plan

"No child should be left behind as we recover from the pandemic and this package of measures and significant investment announced by the Government will help to boost education recovery."

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LGA responds to PAC report on DfE’s handling of the pandemic

“Councils and schools want to work with the Government on education recovery and to ensure that no child is left behind. We share concerns about the needs of disadvantaged children who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic."

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LGA survey: £118m for disadvantaged pupils could be lost from school budgets this year

Councils stand ready to help the Government prioritise disadvantaged pupils in its education recovery plan and to prevent the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and young people and their peers from widening further as a result of the pandemic.

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LGA: ‘Catch-up’ education programme needs rethink to solve soaring inequalities and poverty exposed by pandemic

"The impacts of COVID-19 will be with us for years to come. They will show up in economic hardship, mental health issues, attainment gaps and more, and it will be up to councils, schools and their partners to support children and their families to navigate these challenges."

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LGA responds to EPI report on SEND assessment system

“The Government needs to urgently complete its positive ongoing review of the SEND system. This needs to set out reforms that increase mainstream inclusion, provide councils with long-term certainty of funding to meet immense demand for SEND support."

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LGA responds to NAO report on support for children’s education during COVID-19

“The Government should work with councils and schools on education recovery and set out plans for the summer and beyond as soon as possible to help teachers and staff plan ahead to make up for lost learning due to the pandemic."

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LGA statement: Free school meal food parcels

“Ensuring vulnerable pupils are provided for is a top priority for councils with many delivering high quality food boxes in partnership with schools."

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LGA statement: School attendance during lockdown

“It is clear that demand for places is significantly higher during this national lockdown, meaning schools have been placed in the invidious position of balancing safe pupil numbers in school with the higher expectations of the delivery of up to five hours a day of lessons online.”

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LGA: Suspend resumption of school inspections

“Schools and councils need to focus on providing education during the pandemic, without any unnecessary distractions. This is why we are urging Ofsted to postpone the resumption of monitoring inspections for schools, either in-person or virtual, until after February half-term at the earliest.”