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Laws launches new LGiU schools report

Laws

David Laws MP began with a challenge for local government: that “the previous model of schools under local authority control has not always been a success. This is tied too often to low aspirations amongst council officers and politicians.” However, …

After the Riots

After the Riots, the final report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel chaired by Darra Singh, concludes that ‘the key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work’, and warns that unless immediate action is taken, riots will re-occur. …

Specific Budget announcements relevant to Local Government

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This post sets out the initial announcements relevant to local government from …

A fair crack of the whip to fulfil role

This article was first published in TES Whatever you think about academies, it seems that they are here to stay. Forty per cent of secondary schools have converted, or are in the process of converting to, academy status and, although …

Councils need more power to fulfil education role

LGiU Director Jonathan Carr-West has a comment piece in this week’s TES.  Jonathan argues that, whatever you think of academy schools, they’re not going away.  He argues that there’s a reasonable localist case for academies since true localists should be …

Katharine Birbalsingh’s free school

Food for thought in the TES, Observer and Telegraph.  First off, a piece on a storm brewing in Wandsworth over Katharine Birbalsingh’s planned secondary free school.  There’s a little local difficulty over the fact that the school will open in …

Sutton Council raising the cap on primary class sizes

The Guardian reports that Sutton Council is spoiling for a fight with Education Secretary Michael Gove over its plans to raise the cap on primary class sizes to more than 30 pupils.  The Chief Executive of Sutton Council Niall Bolger is …

Michael Gove’s speech at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College

Michael Gove go a bit hot under the collar yesterday morning according to Politics Home.  The pace of his academies programme has resulted in some critics branding him an “ideologue” presiding over a massive shake-up of education with little regard for …

Education Act 2011 – part 2

All aspects of the Act are of interest to local government including student finance: local government wants all residents to succeed in their education and reach their potential irrespective of parental income or personal wealth. Listed below are specific issues …

Education Act 2011 – part 1

It is difficult to sum up a piece of legislation which contains so many issues. Ministers have repeatedly referred to four principles which underlie the legislation. One is specific to education relating to good student behaviour and discipline through improving …