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.'