§ Ms Estelle Morris
To date, 55 Ofsted inspection reports have been published on 51 LEAs. A list of the LEAs inspected, including those that were re-inspected, is as follows. The Education Act 1997 requires each LEA to submit a post-Ofsted inspection action plan setting out how it intends to tackle the recommendations in its Ofsted inspection report. In a number of cases the Secretary of State has taken additional action as follows.
In Hackney, following reports by the consultants KPMG, the Secretary of State directed the LEA to outsource its School Improvement Service and Ethnic Minority Service to Nord Anglia.
In Islington, the consultancy firm PWC were appointed to prepare for the outsourcing of the LEA's services to schools, pupils and parents. On 14 January, Cambridge Education Associates were appointed to run the contract from April 2000.
In Leicester, City OPM were appointed to advise on next steps. The OPM report made several recommendations which are now being taken forward by the LEA, including the establishment of a Partnership Board to oversee Education Services.
In Liverpool, KPMG were appointed to advise on post-Ofsted action. As a result, a contract is being put in place between the schools and the Education Service which will include setting out exactly what services and standards schools can expect from each part of the Education Service. A monitoring and review board with an independent chair has also been set up.
Capita were appointed in Haringey and KPMG in Southwark to provide consultancy services on how best to improve both education services. Work is on-going in both LEAs. In Walsall and Bristol, we are in the process of appointing consultants to advise on the most appropriate course of action following the publication of their Ofsted reports.
LEAS inspected and reported upon by Ofsted including pilot and re-inspections:
- Barking and Dagenham
- Calderdale (2)
- Calderdale (3)
- Hackney (2)
- Leicester City
- North Somerset
- Southwark (2)
- Tower Hamlets
1 A Joint Inspection by Ofsted and the Social Services Inspectorate
2 Mini inspection of premises only.