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Stockport MBC local education authority (LEA) successfully meets its ...
Stockport MBC local education authority (LEA) successfully meets its

statutory duties. A strong commitment to education and sound

administration has led to the steady development of good policy and

practice across a wide range of the authority's functions, according

to a report published by the Office for Standards in Education

(OFSTED). Inspectors say that the LEA collaborates well with nearly

all of its external partners and, within the borough, works well with

the social services department. Communication and consultation with

schools are good.

Particular strengths include:

- the provision of monitoring, challenge and support for the


- the leadership of school improvement work together with the

deployment and expertise of the staff involved in the work

- support for literacy and numeracy

- support for school management and governance

- support for schools causing concern

- support for early years and for gifted and talented pupils

- the arrangements for admissions to schools

- the provision for education other than at school

- the arrangements for health, safety, welfare and child protection

- support for young people in public care

Altogether, the support for vulnerable young people is a major

strength. The LEA is weak in the following areas:

- support for the management uses of information and communication


- the provision of financial information for schools' management

- target-setting for minority ethnic pupils

- the implementation of plans to promote racial harmony

Chief inspector Mike Tomlinson said:

'Stockport is a good local education authority and serves its schools

and pupils well. The LEA plainly has the capacity to improve further

and to put right the few areas of weakness identified in this


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