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SEVEN COUNCILS IN HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS' CATEGORY

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An OFSTED report about local education authority (LEA) support for school improvement puts North Somerset Council i...
An OFSTED report about local education authority (LEA) support for school improvement puts North Somerset Council in the top 'well run/high performing schools' category.

The draft report looks at 44 OFSTED inspections of local authorities and examines their role and future responsibilities as well as the relationship between the performance of LEAs and schools.

North Somerset joins Cornwall, Kingston-upon-Thames, Bury, Surrey, Rutland and Warwickshire in the well run/high performing category.

It also makes several recommendations for LEAs nationally which include making sure management structures are geared to school improvement, looking seriously at outsourcing services provided by authorities, reducing interference in schools and providing special needs on a regional basis.

OFSTED and senior education officers from across the country will discuss the draft report at a London conference tomorrow.

'The report confirms that North Somerset Council and its schools do a good job for our pupils,' said John Wiltshire, chairman of the

authority's education committee. 'Our high standing is a tribute to the hardwork and commitment of teachers and council staff.'

Ron Fowler, chairman of North Somerset governors said: 'It is very pleasing that school performance and council support has been recognised and praised by OFSTED.'

The final report is due to be published later this year.

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