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Coronavirus: School Academisation should be put on hold during pandemic - LGA

“We want to work with the Government to ensure that schools are given the support they need over the immediate term, and this includes urgently placing a temporary pause on academy conversions during this time.


Coronavirus: LGA responds to food voucher extension to cover Easter holidays

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to our call to extend the food voucher scheme to cover the Easter holidays."


Coronavirus: LGA responds to school closures announcement

"Today’s decision provides much needed clarity for head teachers, parents and families."


Coronavirus: LGA statement on schools reopening plans

“Councils are keen to support their local schools to get children back as soon as possible. However, the safety of children, their families and staff will always be the top priority."


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."


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."


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 ADCS figures on home education

"Although most parents and carers provide a good home education, the LGA is concerned that the pandemic has led to increasing numbers of children receiving education outside the classroom and missing out on the benefits that a school environment brings, such as safeguarding and learning and socialising with other children."


LGA responds to apprenticeship levy announcement at Conservative Conference

"Today’s announcement to increase the amount that employers can transfer of their Levy contribution is a positive sign that the Government is listening to council concerns around the need for flexibility to ensure the Levy is genuinely effective."


LGA responds to children securing primary school places

“Every child should have a fair chance of getting into their parents’ preferred school and councils and schools work extremely hard to try and ensure that as many pupils as possible are allocated their first preference.”