Call to give councils more control over schools

Councils should be given back more control over schools, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

David Simmonds, chair of the LGA Children and Young People Board, said: "Parents need to know who is accountable for their local school, but under the current system accountability is confusing and fragmented."

"Local authorities know their schools and the communities they serve and strong local oversight by local authorities is needed to spot warning signs where schools are beginning to cause concern and tackle problems before it is too late.

"Councils need powers to intervene in all underperforming schools quickly and effectively without the need to ask permission from Whitehall."

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