Ombudsman wants to intervene over academy admission disputes

The local government ombudsman wants the power to investigate academy admissions and exclusion complaints, claiming that it could boost public trust.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) is an independent investigatory body which acts as the final stage for complaints about council services, including admission and exclusion concerns in maintained schools.

It publishes reports that make recommendations, but it cannot enforce action.

Its powers do not cover academies however, whose trusts are their admission authorities. Any complaints relating to academies are investigated by the Education, Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA).

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