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Chris Woodhead, her majesty's chief inspector of schools, today announced the names of 16 local education authoriti...
Chris Woodhead, her majesty's chief inspector of schools, today announced the names of 16 local education authorities to be inspected by OFSTED, in conjunction with the Audit Commission, during the spring term 2001.

The LEAs are:

Croydon St Helens

Cumbria Shropshire

Darlington Slough

Ealing Southend-on-Sea

Hampshire Telford

Hillingdon Warrington

Hounslow West Sussex

North Tyneside Wigan

These LEAs include London boroughs, shire counties, metropolitan and

unitary authorities.

Chris Woodhead said: 'OFSTED has now inspected well over half of all 150 LEAs, and our findings so far reveal great discrepancies in the ways LEAs perform their statutory duty to promote high standards in schools.

'With evidence from their OFSTED inspections, LEAs are able to build on their strengths, and focus on redressing their weaknesses, to improve their support for schools. '


1. LEA inspections are conducted by her majesty's inspectors from OFSTED under powers conferred on her majesty's chief inspector of schools by section 38 of the Education Act 1997. The principal purpose of inspections is to review the way LEAs perform their functions and, in particular, the effectiveness of their support for school improvement.

2. OFSTED will have inspected all 150 LEAs by September 2001.

3. OFSTED is a non-ministerial government department established under the Education (Schools) Act 1992 to take responsibility for the inspection of all schools in England. Its staff include her majesty's inspectors (HMI), who draw on inspection evidence to report on good practice in schools and on a wide range of educational issues.

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