OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Coventry's Education Goes To Top Of Class
education service has been given top marks by government
inspectors, who have told officers to "be proud of the work
you do for Coventry's children."
team of five inspectors visited the education authority in June
this year and spent three weeks closely examining every aspect of
resulting report has praised the city council for its "able
and dedicated officers, well-informed and effective political
leadership" and for our "strong civic identity".
inspectors said they had "rarely seen such good work for
children in public care", and praised the “sensible systems
that are flexible” for the LEA’s funding.
conclusion they said that Coventry is "a very good LEA with
the potential to become 'highly effective'".
George Duggins, cabinet member (Education and Library Service)
report is full of praise for the work that the education service
does to support schools and learning within the city.
wonderful to have that work recognised and to be reassured that
we're doing things right. We need to build on the strengths that
have been so clearly shown, and make improvements promptly.”
for the council's "effective" financial management,
which supports school improvement without diverting either
resources or energy from the core task of raising achievement.
use of external funding, and good consultation with schools on
LEA knows its schools well, and works in genuine partnership
in the city are respected public figures, active in public
life, and there is a synergy between corporate aims, education
department aims and those of schools.
provides very good data on performance, regarded by
headteachers as good or very good, and "better than other
have continued to improve, but more work needs to be done.
Support and Advisory Service was praised for providing a good
service to schools, being good value for money, and doing some
for school management was found to be very good, early years
work is “very good”, as it work with students aged between
14 and 19.
with the community is, and the partnership the business
community was described as "close to unique, with
partnerships being fundamental to Coventry's approach."
strategic management, with headteachers saying that they enjoy
a fruitful and challenging partnership with their LEA. The
inspectors found that a consensual approach is used.
Special Educational Needs support service was hailed as
"one of the best" inspectors had seen.
Gordon Hainsworth, who carried out the inspection into the SEN
Coventry, as a parent of a child with special educational needs,
you have a better chance of getting the education that suits
the council must increase the number of special needs statements
it completes within 18 weeks to meet national levels.
Parental Partnership, which provides a support and advice
network for parents of children with special needs was held up
as a model of good practice and was rated amongst "the
on surplus places should begin this term to continue the
programme of rationalisation.
has been a wide expansion of nursery places in the city in
line with government targets but at the moment there is only a
78 per cent take up of these places.
of unauthorised absence are improving significantly, and the
Education Welfare Service offers very good value for money. In
addition, the Behavioural Support service is making good
progress in reducing exclusions.
for looked-after children is considered a "real
strength" by inspectors – there is an effective
database of information and elected members show a real
commitment and involvement in this area.
for ethnic minority children is considered "good in many
respects and in many schools, but it is not uniformly good in