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EDUCATION - WHATFORD SLAMS ABOLITION POLL

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Society of Education Officers past president Christine Whatford has slammed the Local Government Association for pr...
Society of Education Officers past president Christine Whatford has slammed the Local Government Association for promulgating the image of isolated, stand-offish education departments.

In a letter to the LGA she criticises its pamphlet Has the LEA had its day? for 'appearing to completely misunderstand the fact that the local education authority is the whole council'.

She attacked the association's internet survey which asked if councils should get rid of separate education departments: 'It was just about the last straw that you are inviting people to answer the question 'should the education department be abolished?'

'There are many very good LEA officers working in those education departments delivering the goods for learners of all ages.

'If you, or the authors of such pamphlets, had recent experience in LEAs, you would know the stereotype of the isolated, stand-offish, holier-than-thou education department is as dead as a dodo and has been for some time.'

Has the LEA had its day? is available at www.lga.gov.uk

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