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Stephen Timms, standards minister, today announced the appointment of ...
Stephen Timms, standards minister, today announced the appointment of

Mike Tomlinson, currently chief inspector, OFSTED, as chair-designate

of the body being established to deliver education services in


The appointment was made following a joint recruitment and selection

exercise with Hackney Council. Mr Tomlinson will take up his post on

1 August 2002, when the new body takes over responsibility for the

education services. Meanwhile, he will be kept informed of progress

and will be involved in key decisions in the period leading up to

establishment of the new body.

Stephen Timms said:

'I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Tomlinson to

this challenging role. His contribution as the chief inspector of

schools has helped us to raise standards nationally and I am sure

his passion for education means that the new body will provide the

high standards of service that children in Hackney deserve.

'We are supporting Hackney in establishing the new body and work on

this is progressing to plan. We look forward to seeing the hard work

being tackled by everyone involved, reflected in an improved

education service. I am confident that Mike will provide the

leadership and inspiration to make the substantial changes needed.'


This Press Notice applies to England.

1. The new body will operate under contract to Hackney LBC,

which will retain responsibility for over-arching strategic

decisions, in particular, the final shape of the Education

Development Plan and the budget. The new body will have its own board

of directors with an independent chair and the board will include

heads and a school governor.

2. Mike Tomlinson CBE is chief inspector of Schools at OFSTED.

Between 1965-77 he held various teaching posts in schools in

Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire before joining OFSTED in 1978. In

1992 he became deputy director of inspection and in 1995 director of

inspection. In the latter post he had responsibility for the new

inspection system including the Framework and its development,

monitoring of inspections, training and assessment of inspectors,

failing schools and schools with serious weaknesses, contracting,

inspection of local education authorities including best value and

the impact of inspection in improving schools. In 1997 he was awarded

a CBE. He took up the post of chief inspector on 1 December 2000.

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