In his speech to the National Association of Head Teachers' annual conference, Mr Blunkett will say: 'There can be no let-up in our drive for higher standards and greater opportunities for all our children. As part of this we need greater clarity about the role of local government in education funding and must ensure that as much money as possible gets to the frontline where it belongs.'
Downing Street last night signalled Tony Blair's support for the education secretary's plan to use the forthcoming green paper on local authority finance to test levels of support for protecting school budgets.
Mr Blunkett's announcement will be welcomed by headteachers, who are increasingly vocal in their criticism of local education authorities.
David Hart, the NAHT general secretary, said that heads broadly supported Mr Blunkett's view that if LEAs did not exist something like them would have to be invented.