announced the appointment of Ms Jacquelyn Tonge as the new member of the
General Teaching Council For Wales.
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examination had been replaced by continuous assessment with strong emphasis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.