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Schools and local authorities


Schools are autonomous and independent bodies. They are responsible for designing and delivering learning programmes which meet the needs of young people. Schools, along with colleges and providers, inform their local authorities’ strategic overview of provision and needs in their area. They receive funding from their local authority.

Local authorities

Local authorities have a duty to secure sufficient and suitable education and training provision to meet the reasonable needs of all young people in their area. Young people are those who are over compulsory school age but under 19 or are aged 19 to 25 and subject to a learning difficulty assessment. Local authorities also have a duty to secure sufficient suitable education and training for young people subject to youth detention.

Local authorities receive funding from the YPLA in respect of maintained schools with sixth forms and post-16 learners with special educational needs.

These pages provide advice and guidance specific to schools and local authorities.