Newport and Blaenau Gwent Councils to share education chief

South Wales Argus: Leighton Andrews Leighton Andrews

TWO Gwent councils will share an education chief in line with plans to get local authorities working more closely.

Newport council's cabinet members last month agreed to create a joint post with Blaenau Gwent council from February 1.

There is currently no chief education officer or director in Blaenau Gwent, which means there will be no redundancies.

The person who fills the role will split their time between the two councils on a 50/50 basis.

Depending on the needs of on authority at any particular time, it may be more or less, but on average their time will be split equally and they will have a base at both authorities.

Newport council said the move came after education minister Leighton Andrews made clear he wanted to see a reduction in the number of chief officers for education across Welsh authorities.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: "The decision has to be seen in the context of closer consortium working across education authorities in Wales and the emphasis for more collaborative working.

"It is about ensuring best practice is spread more widely across authorities. Newport is one of the best education authorities in Wales and continues to share and search for best practice with others and we anticipate that this will be one of the outcomes from this collaboration."

The two councils are already working together alongside Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire through the newly created Education Achievement Service, which aims to drive up standards by sharing good practice.

This came after Blaenau Gwent council's education department was put into special measures in November 2011 after Estyn inspectors found it was failing pupils.

Commissioners were brought in to take over but last month education minister Leighton Andrews said things had improved and two advisory commissioners have been removed in place of one.

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10:09am Wed 2 Jan 13

Cymru Am Beth says...

Leighton Andrews Education Minister.
The man that puts free school meals above academic achievement.
Leighton Andrews Education Minister. The man that puts free school meals above academic achievement. Cymru Am Beth

4:20pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

This sounds more like a fudge to pretend they are sharing service. He spends his toime 50/50 at each council and has two offices. Why?

What is wrong with having 1 education chief for all of South East WAles. You do not need one for each council. Nor do you need each oner having a full finance, HR , IT department etc

Do Tescos have a Chief for each Supermarket complete with HR , Finance, IT etc? Of course not they have 1 lot at Head Office
This sounds more like a fudge to pretend they are sharing service. He spends his toime 50/50 at each council and has two offices. Why? What is wrong with having 1 education chief for all of South East WAles. You do not need one for each council. Nor do you need each oner having a full finance, HR , IT department etc Do Tescos have a Chief for each Supermarket complete with HR , Finance, IT etc? Of course not they have 1 lot at Head Office Bobevans

4:20pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

This sounds more like a fudge to pretend they are sharing service. He spends his toime 50/50 at each council and has two offices. Why?

What is wrong with having 1 education chief for all of South East WAles. You do not need one for each council. Nor do you need each oner having a full finance, HR , IT department etc

Do Tescos have a Chief for each Supermarket complete with HR , Finance, IT etc? Of course not they have 1 lot at Head Office
This sounds more like a fudge to pretend they are sharing service. He spends his toime 50/50 at each council and has two offices. Why? What is wrong with having 1 education chief for all of South East WAles. You do not need one for each council. Nor do you need each oner having a full finance, HR , IT department etc Do Tescos have a Chief for each Supermarket complete with HR , Finance, IT etc? Of course not they have 1 lot at Head Office Bobevans

6:53pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Robindabank says...

Hope he or she is good at geography....
Hope he or she is good at geography.... Robindabank

11:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

papa says...

I thought it was going to be Hughie Green so that he could "Double His Money!"
I'm glad he represents the poor down trodden working class, hate to think that a Tory was filling their pockets!
I thought it was going to be Hughie Green so that he could "Double His Money!" I'm glad he represents the poor down trodden working class, hate to think that a Tory was filling their pockets! papa

1:08pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Gw Ent says...

Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO!
Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO! Gw Ent

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