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Friday, 22 September, 2000, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Nottingham praised by inspectors
Chris Woodhead
Chris Woodhead has welcomed Nottingham's recovery
Nottingham's education services have been praised by inspectors.

The education authority, which is among the lowest performers in exam result tables and which has struggled with high rates of truancy, has been praised for its efforts to tackle a "legacy of low expectations".

Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education identified the City of Nottingham, which became a separate authority in 1998, as raising standards at a rate above the national average.

"I am encouraged by signs that suggest that the City of Nottingham will continue to build on its firm foundations and drive forward further improvement in its schools," said Chris Woodhead, the Chief Inspector of Schools in England.

The report praised the local authority's leadership in tackling underachievement and in providing schools with support, in an area with many underlying problems of deprivation and disaffection.

Determination

"When we took over schools we left teachers and parents in no doubt as to the scale of the task facing us and the council's determination to invest in, and demand, improvement," chair of education, Jon Collins.

"This report confirms that we have invested wisely, both in cash and in human resources," he said.

The inspectors praised the way that a development plan had been implemented, the monitoring and support of schools and the co-ordination between agencies.

But there were concerns over the authority's use of information technology in schools and the support available for improving pupils' behaviour.

  • A report from Ofsted on Blackpool's education services offered a mixed message - saying that the authority is making efforts to put right weaknesses.

    Although saying that the authority had improved its delivery of services, the report still concluded that standards were not rising quickly enough.

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