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Tom Jeffery has been appointed as the first director general for ...
Tom Jeffery has been appointed as the first director general for

children and families at the Department for Education and Skills,

permanent secretary David Normington announced today.

Mr Jeffery will lead the new directorate which was formed after the

transfer of responsibilities for policies on children and families to

the Department for Education and Skills in June. He will be

responsible for advising the secretary of state for education and

skills, Charles Clarke and the minister for children, young people

and families, Margaret Hodge.

The new director will play a central role in achieving the

government's goal of delivering fully integrated children's services

and the commitments put forward in the recently published Green

Paper, Every Child Matters. Mr Jeffery will formally take up his new

post on 10 November.

Mr Normington said:

'I am delighted that Tom Jeffery is to be the first director general

for children and families in the Department for Education and Skills.

His appointment is another important step towards delivering truly

integrated services to both children and families and realising the

direction outlined in the government's recent green paper on

children, Every Child Matters. Tom's experience in the fields of

social care and education policy will be a major resource to the

government as we pursue this agenda.

'Tom's appointment also rounds off, in the best possible way, the

complete re- designing of the Department for Education and Skills top

management team over the last two years. I am confident that we now

have a team in place that will deliver on the department's ultimate

ambition to deliver world-class services to all children and learners

and to be a strong leader of the education and training system.'

Mr Jeffery said:

'I am honoured and thrilled to have been offered this appointment. We

have a once-in-a- generation opportunity to secure lasting change for

children and families. I look forward to working with ministers and

colleagues across government, in children's services and in the

voluntary sector to make a reality of the vision set out in the

recent green paper'.


This Press Notice applies to England.

1. Tom Jeffery is a civil servant with long-standing experience and

expertise in the field of education and social care. He has led work

in Department for Education and Skills on low achievement, behaviour

and attendance at school, special educational needs and extended

schools. As director of children's services in the Department of

Health between 1998 and 2000, he led the Quality Protects programme

and set up the NHS Plan Children's Taskforce. Mr Jeffery has been closely

involved in cross-government projects, including Sure Start and the

work of the Social Exclusion Unit on teenage pregnancy and the

education of children in care.

2. Tom joined the Department of Education and Science 1981 and has

had a wide and varied career including a spell as principal private

secretary to Kenneth Baker when he was secretary of state.

3. Mr Jeffery's appointment completes the reshaping of the

Department for Education and Skills' top management team. In addition

to the permanent secretary, the board now comprises four operational

director generals (for children and families, schools, lifelong

learning and higher education) and board members for strategy and

communications, corporate services and finance. Five of the board

have been appointed from outside the civil service. There are also

two non-executive directors, one with a private sector background,

one a chief executive of a local authority.

4. The appointment was made after an open competition overseen by the

Office of Civil Service Commissioners to ensure the principles of

fair and open competition on merit are observed. The appointment was

approved by the prime minister and the secretary of state for

education and skills.

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