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Action research into the evolving role of the local authority in education

The final report for the Ministerial Advisory Group

The purpose of this research has been to explore how local authorities are evolving and adapting their role to meet the needs of a more autonomous education system. The particular focus of the research has been on three core responsibilities of the local authority in education:

1 .Ensuring a sufficient supply of school places
2 .Tackling underperformance in schools and ensuring high standards
3 .Supporting vulnerable children.