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Record numbers of local education authorities have signed up for the Audit Commission's 2004 school survey. ...
Record numbers of local education authorities have signed up for the Audit Commission's 2004 school survey.

More than 150 LEAs have registered for this year's survey, including 21 in Wales plus 131 of England's 150 authorities. This means that almost 22,000 schools will be able to complete the survey when it goes live on the Audit Commission's website in May.

Schools will be invited to rate their LEA's support in a range of areas, including curriculum support, budget planning and special education needs. The Audit Commission will publish the national findings and councils and their schools will have access to their aggregate results.

The findings will be used by councils for self-evaluation and to inform planning decisions. They will also be used for Audit Commission, Ofsted and Estyn for inspections of LEAs.

The national survey has been made possible through collaboration between LEAs, the Audit Commission, Ofsted, Estyn, headteacher and governor associations and school representatives.

The web-based survey will be available to schools between 24 May and 28 June 2004 at

Audit Commission director of education, culture and social care David Curtis said: 'It's good news that so many local authorities have signed up for this year's school survey. It gives their schools an opportunity to let their councils know how well they are doing and councils can find out how they perform in comparison to others.

'Because it is pretty comprehensive in its coverage, the survey actually helps to contribute to reducing the number of separate questionnaires schools receive from their councils. The level of participation by councils demonstrates how valuable they find it in helping them to improve their delivery of their services and functions to schools.

'Our experience is that councils take the results very seriously and we hope that as many of their schools as possible will take the opportunity to make their views known.'

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