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GOVERNMENT GIVES THUMBS UP TO HACKNEY EDUCATION'S IMPROVING PERFORMANCE

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Hackney Council's education service has received a boost this week with the news that the Government is impressed w...
Hackney Council's education service has received a boost this week with the news that the Government is impressed with a sharp improvement in its performance.

The government has announced that it has shelved plans to consider outsourcing key Hackney Council education services.

And the London Education Authority (LEA) has said that as 'sustained progress' has been made in the running of the finance, human resources and the ICT personnel services they would cease monitoring their performance.

Welcoming the LEA announcement, Ian Peacock, chair of the education committee and Isaac Leibowitz, its vice chair, said in a joint statement: 'This marks a turning point in the progress being made by the council in its efforts to improve the service and meet the requirements of its Ofsted report. Things can only get better and we feel confident that they will if we continue to be focussed in our efforts. We have our plans in place and we intend to deliver to the people of Hackney.'

Elizabeth Reid, director of education said: 'This is a welcome turn around and shows that we have made positive steps towards a better education system for children in Hackney.'

The LEA also said that they welcomed the introduction of plans for further improvements in the area of monitoring school budgets and of extending the use of the intranet and training staff for its use.

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