Articles from Local Government Association (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.

With two-thirds of secondary schools now academies councils have no powers to open more secondary schools or direct academies to expand

COUNCILS BOOST SCHOOL PLACES BUT SECONDARY CRISIS LOOMS NEXT YEAR Thousands of desperately needed new secondary school places have now been created by councils but parents and children still face the prospect of missing out on a place as early as next year, analysis by the Local Government Association warns today.

DEVOLVE POWERS AND FUNDING TO GET MORE YOUNG PEOPLE INTO WORK, LGA SAYS AS NEET NUMBERS RISE

The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the UK has risen by almost 30,000 over the last three months, new figures show today (22 Aug). 

#BleakHouses CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER REPORT ON HOMELESS CHILDREN

LGA RESPONDS TO CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONER REPORT ON HOMELESS CHILDREN

Government publishes consultation to improve transparency around local authority run schools

As part of a drive to make financial reporting across all types of schools more consistent, the Department for Education has today (Wednesday 17 July) invited views from across the education system on applying some of the financial measures used in academies to local authority run schools.

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.

LGA RESPONDS TO NDNA NURSERY WORKFORCE RESEARCH

Responding to research by the National Day Nurseries Association which reveals the number of qualified nursery practitioners has fallen, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, said:

COLD WATER SHOCK DANGERS NEED INCLUDING IN LESSONS #DrowningPreventionWeek

For #DrowningPreventionWeek, @nadhimzahawi visited St Peter's Eaton Square Primary School to learn vital water safety skills with @RLSSUK 🏊For free resources 👉 https://t.co/6mH8lRnZCT pic.twitter.com/LoHCYQOdLS

EARLY YEARS ALLIANCE REPORT ON NURSERIES FUNDING GAP

Responding to a report from Early Years Alliance, which has found nurseries in poor areas face potential closure, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:

SEND CRISIS: 130 EXTRA CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BEING SUPPORTED BY COUNCILS EVERY DAY

More than 130 extra children and young people with special needs are being supported by councils every day, new figures reveal, prompting calls for government funding to tackle a growing “national special needs emergency”.

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