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Councils call for more powers to help struggling schools

Regional Schools Commissioners don’t have the capacity to oversee school improvement on a wide scale, local councils say Town halls are better at raising education standards than government-appointed officials, the body representing local councils has…


Councils slam school standards plan

Councils have hit out at government plans to remove their role in boosting school standards in England. From next year, the civil servants who oversee academies and free schools will take over responsibility for raising…



Councils ‘should monitor academy cash’

Academy budgets should be overseen by local authorities following a series of financial abuses, say council leaders. Cash earmarked for education in England is too often “disappearing into the back pockets of those in charge”,…


Academy trusts ‘no better than councils’

Academy trusts are no better than local authorities at raising school standards, researchers have found. The Education Policy Institute think tank has produced a league table of academy trusts and councils in England. David Laws,…