In one of her last appearances in the role, former Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan launched a review into the role of local authorities (LAs) in education. This review was outlined in March’s White Paper (Educational Excellence Everywhere) and follows on from proposed policy changes which would end LAs’ role in school improvement and focus it on:
Ensuring every child has a school place
Ensuring the needs of vulnerable pupils are met
Acting as champions for all parents and families
Ms Morgan made the announcement while addressing the County Councils Network and used the opportunity to address rumours that LAs may be permitted to set up multi academy trusts in future, reporting that the DfE have no intention to make this possible.
The review will be chaired by Alan Wood, former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.