Even in one of the largest LEAs with more than 600 partnership schools, every single Kent headteacher has at least three opportunities a year to meet senior members and officers, including myself, and the contacts with the LEA are two-way and regular.
We do that, even after slimming down the management of the education department, because it is a high priority for us and for the schools. The value of such work is in stark contrast to the time we have spent on direct work with or for the FAS, duplicating discussions and planning processes. This has yielded little of tangible benefit for the education service in the county and I could have done with my senior colleagues spending an extra half-day in 200 schools which would have been possible if they had not been engaged with the FAS.
Director of education services
Kent County Council