Councils 'should be given power to monitor schools'

Councils should be given the power to intervene in troubled schools, the LGA has said. It comes as the Prime Minister said not living by British values is "not an option" and set out plans to teach all school pupils about the Magna Carta.

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Councils 'need more powers to monitor schools'

Councils should be given more powers to monitor schools and intervene where there are concerns, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

The call follows recent Ofsted reports raising concerns about pupils at several Birmingham schools being inadequately protected against extremist views.

Golden Hillock, one of the schools criticised by Ofsted. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The LGA said the move would "help to rebuild both parent and pupil confidence".

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