July 3, 2017, The UK Guardian: 'Clock is ticking': 4,000 headteachers urge MPs for clarity over funding https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/03/clock-is-ticking-4000-headteachers-urge-mps-for-clarity-over-funding Headteachers from 17 counties across England have written to ministers to warn schools are ‘running on empty and need clarity and support now’ As pressure mounts on the government to make a statement on additional funding for England’s schools, more than 4,000 headteachers across 17 counties are writing to their MPs urging them to use their influence to secure substantial additional funding for all schools. It follows a similar letter to more than 1 million families last month. … After years of being eased out of local education as a result of growing academisation, the LGA is calling for councils to be given a lead role in driving forward school improvement. It also wants additional powers to decide where new schools are built and to force academies to expand where necessary to create 420,000 extra places by 2020. It is also calling for councils to be given local flexibility over how the national formula is implemented locally and additional funding to reflect rising demand to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.