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Sharp rise in children with special needs approaching councils for support

The number of children in England approaching councils for special needs support has increased by almost a quarter in a year, latest figures reveal, with 170 young people now starting support plans each day.

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LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner report on school attendance

"The number of persistently absent children from school is very concerning. Good attendance at school plays a vital role in children’s development and for their wellbeing."

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LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Schools Bill

"It is good the Government has acted on our call for councils to be allowed to establish their own multi-academy trusts. This recognises the important role of councils as education partners and enables maintained schools to continue enjoying a close working relationship with their council."

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Council-maintained schools outperforming academies – new research reveals

Schools that stay with their council are more likely to perform better than those that convert to an academy, a new report for the Local Government Association reveals today.

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LGA responds to Commission on Young Lives report on school exclusions

"We are looking to the Queen’s Speech for government to bring forward legislation to ensure all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities who are more likely to be excluded from school, can benefit from being in full-time education."

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LGA responds to Schools White Paper

“Councils have a crucial role to play in education, from ensuring every child has a school place to turning around struggling schools, and as they showed when providing vital support to schools during the pandemic."

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Free school meals: One million more school children could be fed if the sign-up process eased, councils urge

More than a million additional school children could receive free school meals and be entitled to extra support funding if the sign-up process for the scheme was simplified and extended to more families.

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Education Investment Areas – LGA responds to Levelling-Up White Paper announcement

"We fully support the investment targeted at ‘cold spot’ areas, to help provide the schooling every child deserves. However, the pandemic has hit the educational attainment of all pupils hard, particularly those from vulnerable backgrounds, and the impact of this will be felt for years to come."

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LGA responds to NAO report on school funding

“Councils face significant financial challenges to deliver much-needed SEND support to all those who need it and to meet rising demand, reporting a spending deficit of £675 million last year."

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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.