School improvement at risk due to education spending cuts, warn councils

School improvement work, planning for school places and criminal checks on staff all in danger, says Local Government Association.


School improvement work is being put at risk by cuts to council funding, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned this morning.


The government has said that it will give £50 million to councils from September 2017 to help monitor and commission school improvement for low-performing maintained schools.


But the LGA has said that councils traditionally received £450m for education improvement work from the education services grant and even topped this up to £815m a year from their own budgets. 


The LGA said that as well as allowing councils to work closely with their local schools to improve where necessary, the grant had allowed them to ensure children are well supported with speech therapy and physiotherapy. It also allowed councils to plan ahead for more school places and run criminal checks before recruiting staff. 


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