well run and strongly committed to school improvement, according to a
report published by the Office for Standards in Education.
authority's support services are generally well managed, and operate
coherently and on the basis of good information about schools' and
pupils' needs. Although the LEA has many strengths, there are a few
areas of weakness in aspects of planning and evaluation, and of
provision to schools by other departments of the council.
Inspectors report that, overall, the LEA carries out the large
majority of its functions satisfactorily or better. Areas in which it
is particularly effective include:
- support for literacy and numeracy
- support for most aspects of information and communication
technology (ICT) in the curriculum
- support for the use of performance data
- support for early years
- provision for pupils educated otherwise than at school
- child protection, health and safety and welfare work
- partnership with other agencies
The LEA's weaknesses include:
- corporate support for the management use of ICT in schools
- strategic planning of school places
- evaluation of provision by elected members
The LEA has a very strong tradition of consultation with schools.
However, the LEA has not sufficiently pressed schools to take a
stronger control of their own development, and has further to go in
promoting some schools' ability to evaluate their own needs. It also
needs to be more rigorous in tailoring the level of support it
provides to the particular needs of each school.
Chief inspector Mike Tomlinson said:
'Redcar and Cleveland local education authority is committed to
promoting school improvement and its leadership in this area is
strong. Our visits to schools showed that the LEA's work is
effective, and that it has the capacity to improve further.'