Speaking yesterday after David Blunkett's announcement on strategies to improve education, Graham Lane, LGA education chair, reiterated the invitation to the DfEE to join the LGA's think-tank unveiled last month.
Cllr Graham Lane said: `The LGA welcomes the strategy to deal with under-achievement in secondary schools.
`But there are complex and varied reasons why schools with high amounts of children who are poor are under-achieving.
`Schools may need a new headteacher or an advisory headteacher. Local authorities must create a pool of experienced governors to send into schools.
`Talented staff must be encouraged to remain in schools. This may mean paying effective teachers sufficient money to keep them there.'