Hampshire education is praised by the PM

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THE prime minister has praised Hampshire County Council for its education.

David Cameron said other local authorities should look to the council as an example.

Councillor Peter Edgar, cabinet member for children and education at the council, said: ‘This recognition from the top is after Hampshire was mentioned in the National Annual Ofsted report as one of only two authorities in the country who have introduced the government’s education reforms in the right way.

‘It complimented Hampshire on the support, intervention and challenge it gives to its schools.

‘Over 80 per cent of Hampshire’s large family of schools are rated good or outstanding.’

Mr Cameron also said that failing schools which become academies should have quality support from local authorities.

Cllr Edgar added: ‘This has been the policy of the county council for the past five years.

‘The majority of Hampshire schools becoming academies have preferred to purchase their support services from the council because they are unable to find better value elsewhere.

‘But we are not complacent and we always strive to do better. Our aim is to bring all our schools into a good or outstanding category.’