education authorities to be inspected in the spring term
of 2004. The LEAs will be inspected by Ofsted in conjunction with
the Audit Commission.
They are: Barnsley MBC; Brighton & Hove City Council;
Buckinghamshire CC; Cambridgeshire CC; York City Council; East Riding
of Yorkshire Council; Halton BC; Lancashire CC; Lewisham LBC; North
Yorkshire CC; Nottingham City Council and Worcestershire CC.
The second cycle of LEA inspections began in January 2002. The LEAs
to be inspected in the autumn term 2003 have already been announced.
The 12 LEAs named above will be inspected under the terms of the
Framework for the Inspection of Local Education Authorities, that
will come into effect from January 2004. The new Framework, a draft
of which will be issued for consultation later in the summer, will
enable inspectors to focus on areas of concern and best practice
identified in earlier Ofsted inspection reports.