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CPA: 'TOP LEAs SHOW THE WAY' - SCHOOL STANDARDS MINISTER

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David Miliband, minister for school standards, today welcomed the...
David Miliband, minister for school standards, today welcomed the

achievements of local authorities in delivering consistent levels of

performance in many areas of educational provision.

Mr Miliband was commenting after the Audit Commission published the

first star ratingsfor local education authorities, which have been developed in response to the Local Government White Paper 'Strong Local Leadership - Quality Public Services', published in

December 2001.

Out of 150 LEAs, 32 were awarded three stars for current performance

and a further 103 were awarded two stars). 113 authorities were also

awarded three stars for improvement/capacity to improve.

However, almost half of LEAs in England still have matters of

performance to address, or have not yet secured the capacity to make

further improvement.

The star ratings reflect a range of indicators that cover the broad

range of outputs from the education service in a local authority,

many drawn from inspection judgements, and others from performance

measures such as the average points scores for all 11 year olds at

maintained mainstream schools, in a local authority, in the national

tests in English and mathematics.

Mr Miliband said:

'I want to put on record today my thanks to all those in local

government who have contributed to the improvements in education

since 1997. Much has been achieved but there still is much to do if

our education system is to become truly world class. There are no

grounds for complacency. The education profile for Comprehensive

Performance Assessment shows that in nearly half of all LEAs there

are matters of performance to address, or that the capacity to make

further improvement is not yet fully secure.

'We have set tough targets and have made high demands. It has not

been easy but increasing numbers of LEAs are rising to the challenge

and standards are improving across the board.

'The star ratings demonstrate the effectiveness of our national

education improvement strategies. The literacy and numeracy

strategies are narrowing the achievement gap between advantaged and

disadvantaged LEAs. In English, for example, no LEA now has less than

62% of pupils achieving the expected standard at age 11. In 1996, the

average figure for all LEAs was only 57%.

'The three star authorities have set a standard which I want all LEAs

to aim for.'

Notes

1. Education is comparatively rich in performance indicators and is

unusual as a service sector in that the education functions of all

LEAs have been inspected.

2. The delegated nature of the education service is taken into

account in the education profile, which includes measures of school

performance, early years provision and lifelong learning. This

reflects the responsibilities of school governing bodies, and the

increasing delivery of services through local partnerships, so that

the profile assesses the impact of all relevant education services on

the local community.

3. Each local authority has two star ratings, one for current

performance and the other is their improvement/capacity rating.

4. The full list of star ratings follows:

3 star performance + 3 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Bournemouth *** ***

Buckinghamshire *** ***

Camden *** ***

Cheshire *** ***

City of Plymouth *** ***

City of York *** ***

Corporation Of London *** ***

Gloucestershire *** ***

Hampshire *** ***

Hartlepool *** ***

Herefordshire *** ***

Hertfordshire *** ***

Isles Of Scilly *** ***

Kensington & Chelsea *** ***

Kingston-Upon-Thames *** ***

Kirklees *** ***

North Lincolnshire *** ***

North Yorkshire *** ***

Poole *** ***

Solihull *** ***

Somerset *** ***

St Helens *** ***

Suffolk *** ***

Surrey *** ***

Sutton *** ***

Telford and Wrekin *** ***

West Sussex *** ***

Wigan *** ***

Wokingham *** ***

3 star performance + 2 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Cornwall *** **

Rutland *** **

West Berkshire *** **

2 star performance + 3 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Barking & Dagenham ** ***

Barnet ** ***

Barnsley ** ***

Bath and North East Somerset ** ***

Bexley ** ***

Birmingham ** ***

Blackburn with Darwen ** ***

Blackpool ** ***

Bolton ** ***

Bracknell Forest ** ***

Brent ** ***

Bury ** ***

Calderdale ** ***

Cambridgeshire ** ***

City of Derby ** ***

City of Peterborough ** ***

Coventry ** ***

Cumbria ** ***

Darlington ** ***

Derbyshire ** ***

Devon ** ***

Doncaster ** ***

Durham ** ***

Essex ** ***

Gateshead ** ***

Halton ** ***

Hammersmith & Fulham ** ***

Harrow ** ***

Havering ** ***

Hillingdon ** ***

Hounslow ** ***

Knowsley ** ***

Lambeth ** ***

Lancashire ** ***

Leicestershire ** ***

Lincolnshire ** ***

Merton ** ***

Middlesbrough ** ***

Milton Keynes ** ***

Newcastle Upon Tyne ** ***

Newham ** ***

Norfolk ** ***

North East Lincolnshire ** ***

North Somerset ** ***

North Tyneside ** ***

Northamptonshire ** ***

Northumberland ** ***

Nottinghamshire ** ***

Oldham ** ***

Oxfordshire ** ***

Portsmouth ** ***

Reading ** ***

Redbridge ** ***

Redcar and Cleveland ** ***

Rochdale ** ***

Rotherham ** ***

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead ** ***

Salford ** ***

Sefton ** ***

Sheffield ** ***

Shropshire ** ***

Slough ** ***

South Gloucester ** ***

South Tyneside ** ***

Southampton ** ***

Southend-On-Sea ** ***

Stockport ** ***

Stockton on Tees ** ***

Stoke-on-Trent ** ***

Sunderland ** ***

Tameside ** ***

The Medway Towns ** ***

Thurrock ** ***

Torbay ** ***

Tower Hamlets ** ***

Trafford ** ***

Wakefield ** ***

Wandsworth ** ***

Warrington ** ***

Warwickshire ** ***

Westminster ** ***

Wiltshire ** ***

Wirral ** ***

Worcestershire ** ***

2 star performance + 2 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Bedfordshire ** **

Brighton and Hove ** **

Bromley ** **

Croydon ** **

Dudley ** **

East Riding of Yorkshire ** **

East Sussex ** **

Isle of Wight ** **

Kent ** **

Leeds ** **

Lewisham ** **

Luton ** **

Richmond-Upon-Thames ** **

Staffordshire ** **

1 star performance + 2 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

City of Nottingham * **

Greenwich * **

Liverpool * **

Sandwell * **

Wolverhampton * **

1 star performance + 1 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Bradford * *

City of Bristol * *

Islington * *

Manchester * *

1 star performance + 0 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Southwark * -

Swindon * -

Walsall * -

Waltham Forest * -

0 star performance + 1 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Kingston Upon Hull - *

0 star performance + 0 star improvement

LEA Name Performance Rating Improvement/Capacity Rating

Hackney - -

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