COVENTRY's education authority is playing an important role in bringing the city out of decline.
Inspectors say boosting education standards is the key to regenerating the West Midlands city, while regeneration in turn contributes to better achievement in schools. "This virtuous circle creates a synergy between corporate aims, education department aims and those of schools," the Office for Standards in Education says.
Despite having areas of considerable disadvantage, the city boasts schools that are improving and outperforming those in comparable areas elsewhere.
Support for the education of children in public care and parent partnership work was "exemplary", with financial management, admissions, inclusions the use of technology in administation, also singled out for praise.
However, despite being "a thoughtful, well-run" authority, the work of the school advisory service is not sufficiently targeted at schools that most need support.
The report concludes that a small but crucial shift in culture is needed if the LEA is to change from being one that is very well-run to one that is also highly effective.
Able and dedicated officers
Support for education of
children in care
Parent partnership work
Support for school management
Use of computers in
Admissions and inclusion
Inefficiency of schools
Support for IT use in the