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Children's services

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Winner: Haringey LBC

Haringey set up its Outstanding for All Commission in 2012, which set targets for all local schools to be judged ‘good’ or better and for GCSE attainment to exceed London-wide performance within three years. It also created its Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Commission, which called for major changes to those subjects’ teaching. Now 93.7% of primary schools and 100% of secondary schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and the proportion of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs A*-C increased by 14.9% between 2011 and 2014.

Judges’ comments: “The winning team showed strong, passionate, well informed, whole-system-based leadership, which has demonstrated a very impressive improved journey.”

Highly commended: North Yorkshire CC


Croydon LBC

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Northamptonshire CC

Suffolk CC – Signs of Safety and Wellbeing in Suffolk

Suffolk CC – Twos Count Here

Wolverhampton City Council


Mark Gurrey, interim senior manager, improvement adviser and children’s services consultant, Devon and Norfolk CCs and Wiltshire Council

Tony Hunter, chief executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Gerald Meehan, chief executive, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Steve Walker, deputy director, Leeds City Council

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