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6th October 2000 at 01:00
HARROW is not one of a few local education authorities seeking help from successful authorities to raise standards of achievement as you state in your report (TES, September 22).

While Harrow would not shy from the experience of sharing good practice with and between LEAs, the suggestion was that Harrow was somehow deemed to be failing. This has done no service to colleagues in schools here or in the support teams.

Harrow is, in fact, following its strong principle of continuous self-improvement. In key stage 2, the 2002 targets have already been met. We have been short-listed for Beacon status with our submission to tackle underachievement. We have also been approached to offer advice and support to other LEAs. I think these are signs of much success.

Paul Osburn

Director of education

London borough of Harrow

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