Bradford Contracts up for grabs again from 2011
Bradford council leaders are consulting on how school services should be provided when one of the country's biggest privatised education contracts comes to an end in 2011.
In 2001, Ofsted delivered a damning report on Bradford's local education authority, prompting the Government to direct it to contract out the majority of its services.
Serco, the company that won the contract, pledged to boost standards in the authority - then very low in the league table - up to national averages by 2005.
But the company failed to meet its targets. It had its contract amended twice after it received only Pounds 8,000 in performance-related payments in the first year.
Now Bradford council has the chance to start again. Options reportedly being considered include bringing the services back in house, re-tendering on the same style of contract, or tendering on a changed contract.
But Every Child Matters has completely changed the way local education services are run. And, crucially, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, has yet to give its opinion. ws.