The Local Authority Contribution to Improved Educational Outcomes: Phase one report

Anne Wilkin, Kay Kinder, Dominic Schad

01 December 1994

Recent government policy and legislation has emphasised the value of a holistic approach through increased partnership working by services, acknowledging that children's needs are often complex and multi-faceted and thus do not fit neatly within the remit of one service or agency.

This report provides an overarching perspective of the educational outcomes achieved, or aspired to, in the new local authority landscape, and how a range of local authorities perceive their contribution to such outcomes. It also looks at what local authorities can do to support children and young people in achieving the best possible educational outcomes.

The report identifies:

  • strategies to achieve improved educational outcomes
  • key factors in achieving educational outcomes, covering six major themes; partnership working, key principles underpinning service delivery, funding, staffing, community engagement and awareness of local circumstances
  • barriers and challenges to achieving educational outcomes
  • the continuing role of the local authority.

Overall, the key messages to emerge from the research suggest the role of the local authority, albeit changing, is perceived to be no less vital in achieving educational outcomes.

The report is important reading for local authority staff, schools and many other agencies concerned with improving the outcomes of education for children and young people.

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