Blaenau Gwent offers £80k for new schools chief

South Wales Argus: Blaenau Gwent offers £80k for new schools chief Blaenau Gwent offers £80k for new schools chief

BLAENAU GWENT Council is searching for a corporate director of education – with a salary of £80,000 per annum for the successful candidate.

The job description says that the council is looking for someone who will “drive improvements” and make “an active and constructive contribution in setting, delivering and sustaining strategic direction for the council”.

The role was carried out this last year by James Harris after he was appointed in February 2013 as joint chief education officer for both Newport and Blaenau Gwent councils, but he has now returned to focusing solely on Newport.

A Blaenau Gwent spokesman said: “We would like to thank Newport City Council for their support during the successful collaborationand for their help in driving forward and improving educational achievement.

“We continue to work closely with the Welsh Government to make sure that we put in place a strong and experienced education leadership team.”

But Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle has questioned the decision to advertise for a corporate director of education – especially at a salary of £80,000.

“I fully support efforts to improve education standards for our children,” she said. “Blaenau Gwent Council has failed many of its pupils and action is clearly needed to drive improvements.

“But local government re-organisation could be just two or three years away following the Williams Report and is it wise to commit to such a post which may be redundant in such a short period of time and the cost implications of that?

“Welsh Government ministers have spoken time and time again about the importance of local authorities working together where possible. Surely, this might provide an opportunity for Blaenau Gwent to work with a neighbouring authority which already has a director of education.”

The closing date for applications is Friday, January 31.

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10:43am Mon 27 Jan 14

Evan Owen says...

I would be surprised if anybody who is of the standard required would apply for the job.
I would be surprised if anybody who is of the standard required would apply for the job. Evan Owen

10:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

kez1968 says...

millions of pounds of savings to find,no public toilets, cuts, cuts and more cuts, yet another boss on mega money, they really are laughing at up poor rate payers, what a shower they all are.
millions of pounds of savings to find,no public toilets, cuts, cuts and more cuts, yet another boss on mega money, they really are laughing at up poor rate payers, what a shower they all are. kez1968

12:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

with reorganisation of Council's in Wales this could be the shortest appointment ever!
with reorganisation of Council's in Wales this could be the shortest appointment ever! Woodgnome

1:30pm Mon 27 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Can someone explain to me what 'corporate director' and 'education' have in common please?
Can someone explain to me what 'corporate director' and 'education' have in common please? GardenVarietyMushroom

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