Climate is not so balmy in the shire

25th February 2000 at 00:00
I WOULDN'T like your readers to be left with the impression that Derbyshire is an affluent county (TES, February 11). The difficult financial climate in which we have to operate was acknowledged by inspectors during our recent Office for Standards in Education inspection.

Even comparing us to the shire county average, Derbyshire receives about pound;101 less per secondary pupil in Government funding and around pound;82 less per primary-age pupil. So even if Derbyshire was only funded up to the county average, this would still generate an extra pound;8.5 million for education in our county.

Clearly, our schools are doing a stering job with very limited resources.

We're glad that the inspection team drew attention to this and also recognised the "solid support" the education authority is providing in spite of these funding problems.

Your article also focused on numbers of schools in special measures. We're pleased to report that five schools have been removed from the list since the inspection.

We are very happy with our OFSTED report which reflects the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our education team.

Alan Charles. Chair Education committee. Derbyshire County Council. County Hall Matlock, Derbyshire

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