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Director of Education position is re-advertised

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THE hunt is back on to fill the director of education role, which has remained vacant since August.

Laurie Baker accepted the job as Director of Education in April but, having worked part time, by August had decided she could not commit to moving to the island. She is now the first contact point for those applying to the £107k-plus post. (27224660)

Recruitment to the post, which attracts a salary of up to £120,809 a year, has been difficult.

Laurie Baker accepted the job in April but, having worked part-time, by August had decided she could not commit to moving to the island. Before that it had been held on a fixed term contract by former head teacher Andrew Warren from June 2018 after a search for a permanent solution than had failed to find anyone.

Mr Warren had been on the recruitment panel which failed to select two candidates in May 2018.

The role was vacant even before the current Education committee took up their posts in February that year.

Those applying for the job this time around are asked to contact Ms Baker, who is now a strategic education advisor, before applying.

‘As the principal education advisor to the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture and the strategic lead for people, the director of education makes a significant contribution to the development of governmental, strategic and operational education policy,’ the job description states.

The director of education is a statutory role, and is accountable for the regulation of education across the Bailiwick.

‘The post holder is responsible for the implementation of an approved, evidence-based governance and assurance framework, which supports the delivery of robust education policy. Such policies are delivered within (and across) schools, enabling and empowering schools to reach, maintain, and excel in set standards. The post-holder will be expected to work closely with senior educational leaders, and colleagues in wider children’s services – in line with the requirements of the Children and Young People’s Plan (States of Guernsey), and the States of Guernsey Policy & Resource Plan.’

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The role has duties under the Education law, which is currently being redrafted.

‘As major transformation is under way within education (in particular secondary and post 16 education), the director of education also has a key role in the design of emergent operating models associated with the transformation of education, and the wider public service reform.’

The closing date for applications is 3 March.

Nick Mann

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