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What role for local authorities in education?


What role for local authorities in education?Yesterday LGiU teamed up with the NUT and UNISON to take a look at the role of local authorities in education with the rise of free schools and academies. Running a fringe event at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, we showcased new research which shows the impact of the changes across the country.

Speakers at the debate were:

*   Christine Blower, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers (NUT);

*   David Laws MP, Liberal Democrat;

*   Peter Downes, Councillor, Cambridgeshire County Council and Vice President of the Liberal Democrat Education Association;

*   Andy Sawford, Chief Executive, Local Government Information Unit (LGiU);

*   Jon Richards, Senior National Officer for Education, Unison

Andy gave a quick run through of LGiU’s new research report The future of local government’s role in the school system – which includes a survey of 80 children’s services leaders.

Andy also said that local authorities were trying to innovate, but the environment was challenging.

The LGiU is concerned about the role of communities in relation to schools, as there should be a strong connection. For a complete picture, other services needed to be considered around school operating times.

We are running similar fringe events at the Labour and Conservative Party Conference. For more information, please email dan.garfield@lgiu.org