Research into how local authorities are ensuring sufficient places and supporting vulnerable children

The authors explored the roles and responsibilities of local authorities, schools, trusts and other partners within local education systems with a survey, tested by “roundtables”.

  • Theme: Processes and pathways
  • Strength: Robust
  • Breadth of Impact: Good
  • Status: Referred
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The authors explored the roles and responsibilities of local authorities, schools, trusts and other partners within local education systems with a survey, tested by “roundtables”.

They found the importance of “relationships” within the education system in England was critical, namely the strong, collaborative, trust-based relationships and partnership structures developed by school, trust and LA leaders and partners. These relationships are not a sufficient basis for effective, joined-up approaches, and are inherently fragile. Building and sustaining these requires time, skill, and expertise, and an essential aspect of the role of leaders within local systems.

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