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SENIOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT FIGURE TO HEAD EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH BODY

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Sue Rossiter, acting deputy director of children's services for Norfolk CC, has been appointed director of the Nati...
Sue Rossiter, acting deputy director of children's services for Norfolk CC, has been appointed director of the National Foundation for Educational Research. She takes over from Seamus Hegarty, who has been director since 1994, in October.

Before her current post, Ms Rossiter was Norfolk's deputy director of education. She has had a wide range of experience both within and outside the education service, including: a short spell at HM Treasury where she worked on improving ways of forecasting public expenditure; work in the private sector, undertaking consultancy on information systems and IT; in the research and intelligence unit of Oxfordshire CC, which included work on value for money studies, pupil forecasting, and development of the council's corporate planning processes. Within education she has led on data and IT systems, including introducing pupil performance data collection and analysis.

More recently she has had lead roles in strategic and resource management and in school improvement. She has represented the education service on a number of central/local government working groups and is currently working on a joint project on the development of an index of achievement, aimed at presenting a more holistic and rounded picture of the performance of individual schools. Ms Rossiter has a degree in mathematics from St Anne's College, Oxford, and an MSc in operational research from Sussex University.

She said: 'I believe that education is not only the key to personal fulfillment but also to the success of business and communities everywhere. To raise standards and bring about change, it is important that policies and practice are based as far as possible on relevant, clear and unequivocal research evidence. NFER's contribution to this evidence base is acclaimed worldwide. I am therefore delighted to be joining NFER and look forward to building on the excellent work of Seamus Hegarty and his strong team and taking NFER forward into its next stage of development.'

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NFER is the leading independent educational research institution in the UK.

Our overall mission is to contribute to improving education and training nationally and internationally by undertaking research, development and dissemination activities and by providing information services.

We contribute to international educational development by undertaking projects and consultancies that reflect, and build upon, our major research interests within the UK and enable us to share our expertise with colleagues in other countries and in international organisations.

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