Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Clueless Wales Audit Office.

At the back end of last year Wrecsam Local Education Authority had an inspection by Estyn and the Wales Audit Office. The subsequent report was in fact mixed and a number of comments made in the report were challenged by officers and elected members but the Wales Audit Office in their presentation of their Annual Report earlier this year repeated the same shortcomings. One of the shortcomings in the report which frankly no one could understand was, 'a failure to match strategic planning with resources' and we asked the WAO for best practise in this area.

Believe it or not the WAO's best practise authority in this area was in fact Pembrokeshire whose education authority was put into 'special measures' just a few weeks ago!

Do the WAO seriously expect Local Authorities which are achieving to learn lessons from authorities which are in special measures?

If it wasn't so serious it would be laughable that an organisation who operates in this fashion is still considered 'fit for purpose.'

3 comments:

nialloyd said...

The whole process is laughable and unbelievable from beginning to end.
1. They should be spot checked, not given month's notice, for a true reflection of how things are run.
2. From this report! the need for professional correlation of the facts.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

There is more to an inspection than just going into classes, Estyn demand lots of information including data etc. That cannot be got as a result of a spot check, it needs time to prepare in the format that Estyn require. I don't understand your point 2!

nialloyd said...

Obviously there is more to an inspection than class inspections, but surely this is where the 'best practice' is seen first hand. Information data can be asked for post this.
As to point 2, the example of 'best practice' and referring to an Authority that was put into 'special measures', surely constitutes inadequacy in the systems correlation of data?