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David Sands, chief education inspector for Croydon, is to be acting director of education for a year while director Paul Benians is on secondment to the Association of London Government.

Anna Lawson, assistant director, planning and resources for Birmingham, becomes city education officer for Portsmouth on September 1.

Professor Harold Hankins, former vice-chancellor of University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, is now president of Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire. He succeeds the late Earl of Derby.

John Fraser, former chair and chief executive of Ciba-Geigy, is to be the new chair of the Standing Conference on Schools' Science and Technology.

Reginald Jones, deputy head at Lowfield School, York, has been appointed head of Preston School, Yeovil, Somerset, in succession to John Hollis.

Roger Beard, senior lecturer in primary education, Leeds University, has been promoted to a readership in literacy education.

Chris Laws, head of school, PE and sport, at Chichester Institute of Higher Education and vice-president of the Physical Education Association, has taken over as PEA president from Elizabeth Murdoch.

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