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.
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.