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John Tusa, a former managing director of the BBC World Service and presenter of BBC Television's One O'Clock News, is to be managing director of London's Barbican Centre for the next three years. He takes over from Bernard Harty, who is to be Town Clerk and Chamberlain for the Corporation of London from January 1, 1996. The Centre also has a new arts director, Graham Sheffield, former South Bank director of music.

Andrew Wellbeloved has taken over as head of Townsend Church of England School, St Albans, Hertfordshire, in succession to Sheila Greenfield who recently retired. He was formerly deputy head.

Yvonne Kingdom, a Whitbread purchase accounts clerk in Sheffield, has won the RSATeacher Placement Service Business Placement Award (now the RSA Schools Associates Programme). She partnered Richard Lazenby, a teacher at Pye Bank Nursery Infant School, Sheffield, in the creation of a pizza business with a class of six-year-olds - a project jointly organised with Sheffield Education Business Partnership.

The following teachers have won awards - sponsored by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and National Electronics Council - for their work in science and technology: Gary Cornford, deputy head, Swaffield Primary School, Wandsworth, London; Jane Turner, Barkway First School, near Royston, Hertfordshire; Simon Rogers, Thomas Telford City Technology College, Telford, Shropshire; Robin Moorshead, Ilford County High School, Essex; David Grainger, Greenfield Comprehensive School, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham; Frank Muraca, Holywell High School, Clwyd; Alexander Gauld, Wallace High School, Stirling; Beulah Dillon, Strabane Grammar School, Northern Ireland; and Malcolm Lake, Uplands Community College, Wadhurst, East Sussex.

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