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Minister for education and lifelong learning, Jane Davidson today ...
Minister for education and lifelong learning, Jane Davidson today

announced the appointment of Ms Jacquelyn Tonge as the new member of the

General Teaching Council For Wales.

Her appointment runs from 1 September 2004 until 31 August 2006.

The General Teaching Council for Wales is the statutory, self-regulating

professional body for teachers in Wales. It seeks to raise the status of

teaching by maintaining and promoting the highest standards of professional

practice and conduct in the interests of teachers, pupils and the general

public. The Council aims to provide an independent, representative and

authoritative voice for the teaching profession in Wales and seeks to

provide robust advice to the Welsh Assembly government, local authorities

and other organisations on teaching issues.

Announcing the appointment education minister Jane Davidson said: 'I

am pleased to be able to announce this appointment. I am confident that Ms

Tonge will have a great deal to contribute to the work of the council. I

very much look forward to working with her and the rest of the council in

delivering the assembly government's aims in relation to Education.'

Chair designate to the General Teaching Council for Wales, Mr Maldwyn Davies

said: 'The selection process has been a rigorous one. Ms Tonge has vast

experience in education, and will, I'm sure, play an important role in the

business of the Council. I very much look forward to working with her.'

Ms Jacquelyn Tonge

After a Modern Languages Degree at Girton College, Cambridge, Ms Tonge opted

to follow a Certificate of Education Course at Leicester University School

of Education, at the time one of only two locations where the terminal

examination had been replaced by continuous assessment with strong emphasis

on teaching as a skill.

Teaching posts in Cambridge, Sefton, Liverpool and Berwick-upon-Tweed

followed culminating in headship at 34 of an 11-16 comprehensive school in

Yeovil. In partnership with staff, governors, primary school colleagues and

the local community Ms Tonge was able to transform the school which was seen

by some officials within the Education Department as at risk into a

thriving, vibrant and high achieving community school.

After seven years as head she made the move into local government as the

head of advisory and inspection services with Somerset CC. Ms Tonge

followed this as director of education for Calderdale MBC, then at

Haringey LBC and then on to chief executive in Powys CC.

She is delighted to be able to continue to serve education and those engaged

in it through membership of the Board of the General Teaching Council for



* The minister for education and lifelong learning is responsible for

appointing 9 Members to the General Teaching Council for Wales from

nominations made from a list of organisations with an interest in the

education field and four direct Assembly appointments.

* This vacancy has arisen because Professor Andrews' appointment as

both Chair and Member comes to an end on 31 August 2004.

* The appointment is for 2 years, commencing on 1 August 2004.

Members are expected to give 2 days a month to the work of the Council.

Member positions are unpaid but attract travel and subsistence expenses.

* All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no

part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original

Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of

appointees (if any declared) to be published.

* Ms Jacquelyn Tonge declared she holds no political appointment. She

does not hold any other ministerial appointed public appointments.

* The appointments process is run in accordance with the commissioner

for public appointments' Code of Practice and the national assembly's Code of

Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.

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