Search for director of education set to resume

THE process of appointing a new director of education is set to resume later in the year, said a States spokesman, after it was put on hold at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Laurie Baker was appointed director of education then stepped back from the post. She has been helping Education as a senior advisor. (28405249)
Laurie Baker was appointed director of education then stepped back from the post. She has been helping Education as a senior advisor. (28405249)

The spokesman said 20 applications were received ‘from a wide range of candidates’ by the time the deadline was reached on 3 March.

But he added that the role will be reviewed again prior to making any decisions on resuming the process.

‘In the meantime, key elements of the post continue to be covered by Laurie Baker as senior education advisor.’

Ms Baker accepted the position of director in April last year, but by August had decided she was unable to commit to moving to the island. She has since been working with Education, Sport & Culture.

Prior to her appointment, former head teacher Andrew Warren had held the job on a fixed-term contract from June 2018 after a search for a permanent solution had failed to find anyone.

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

A new advertisement was placed earlier this year for the post, which attracts a salary of up to £120,809.

The States spokesman said: ‘The recruitment process for the director of education was paused in March, in light of the Covid-19 emergency. The process is likely to recommence later this year.’

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