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Clark quits the running to succeed Osler at HMI

AT least one candidate is out of the running to succeed Douglas Osler as head of the education inspectorate. Bill Clark, who heads HMI's quality, standards and audit division, is leaving to become director of school services in Islington with Cambridge Education Associates, the private company brought in two years ago to run the London borough's education service.

The move means a return to a former stamping ground for Mr Clark, a senior adviser to the education standards unit of the Department for Education and Skills before he moved back to Scotland in 1999.

Mr Clark said: "I am delighted to be joining one of the country's leading educational companies."

James Kempton, chair of education in Islington, said exam results had greatly improved and added: "I can think of no one better to carry the good work forward."

As well as his general audit duties with HMI, Mr Clark was put in charge of the inspection of education authorities.

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