Inspectors said: 'The authority was discharging the majority of its functions adequately and, under effective political and professional leadership, was showing signs of improvement.
'Nevertheless, inconsistencies in the quality and level of service delivery, weaknesses in support for school improvement, and inadequate support for special education needs gave cause for concern.'
Inspectors greeted Kent's attempt to 'do less, but do it better' with approval. But it had not yet convinced its 'complex constituency' of schools 'that it can add value'.
Strategic director for education and libraries Nick Henwood said the report was 'broadly positive' and fair. 'We are putting a lot of effort into improvement but there is still much to be done.'