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Reacting to the statement by the Local Government Association (LGA) and others calling for a statutory obligation t...
Reacting to the statement by the Local Government Association (LGA) and others calling for a statutory obligation to be placed on schools to engage co-operatively with other agencies on children's issues, Chris Keates, acting general secretary of NASUWT, said:

'The provisions of the Children's Bill will have a major impact on the way in which all agencies and services involved with children will need to work together in the future.

'It is nothing short of breathtaking arrogance for the LGA and its associates, on the basis of spurious claims about the need for clarity over expectations, to single out schools from all the other services for the imposition of a legal requirement to co-operate and to change the way they work.

'This is an unnecessary and counterproductive proposal.

'On a daily basis schools demonstrate their willingness and ability to work co-operatively and constructively with a whole range of external organisations, including those which will be affected directly by the Children's Bill.

'Schools are more than aware of their roles and responsibilities. They are no strangers to the challenges of change and they certainly do not need the LGA to remind them of the importance of protecting the interests of pupils.

'I have no doubt schools will respond to new arrangements for the provision of children's services with their customary effectiveness and efficiency.

'It remains to be seen whether the LGA and those organisations that support its proposal can do the same.'

'NASUWT will be contacting the children's minister Margaret Hodge and the secretary of state for education and skills to seek assurances that the Government will not be swayed into imposing additional regulatory burdens on schools.'

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