Greenwich still sub-standard

14th January 2000 at 00:00
DRAMATIC improvements in the education service provided by the London borough of Greenwich have yet to impact on standards in schools, according to inspection findings by the Office for Standards in Education.

The report says George Gyte, director of education for

the past 15 months, has convinced schools the local authority

will provide effective support.

Chief executive David Brooks is praised for his rescue plan, begun in 1997, when he withdrew financial delegation from the education departmen. The service has since been re-structured and new managers appointed.

However, inspectors found the standards in schools to be well below national averages; high levels of centrally retained costs for school improvement and the lowest rate of completing statements for children with special educational needs in London.

The report commends inspection and advisory services and notes rates of improvement in English and maths are above the national average for the borough's 11-year-olds and at GCSE.

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