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SCHOOLS PRAISE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS IN WAKE OF 2003 CPA FINDINGS

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Schools in England and Wales are increasingly happy with council education services, particularly praising the lead...
Schools in England and Wales are increasingly happy with council education services, particularly praising the leadership provided by senior officers, according to the Audit Commission.

The regulator's annual survey of schools' views of education departments reflects English councils' improved educational performance, as demonstrated by the 2003 comprehensive performance assessment (LGC, 19 December 2003).

However, Welsh schools were generally more pleased with council services than their English counterparts.

Overall, schools were happier with council services in 2003 than in 2002, with education departments rated at least satisfactory in most service areas.

They were particularly impressed with improvements in councils' use of data and IT, and continued to heap praise on senior officers' leadership.

In the 2003 CPA, almost 70% of English councils scored in the top two categories for education, up from 59% in 2002. According to the commission, there was a strong correlation between the performance of councils and schools' opinion of them.

Primary schools were more positive about education departments than secondaries. In England, counties and inner London boroughs were the most highly rated, with outer London boroughs being the least popular.

www.auditcommission.gov.uk

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