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pound;100k on offer in search for high-fliers

TWO top education jobs, which will earn the successful candidates at least pound;100,000 each, are up for grabs this month. The choice is between replacing an "outstanding" chief education officer at the country's largest local authority or taking on the task of transforming a tough London school into a gleaming new city academy.

Birmingham is looking for "an educationist with significant senior management experience and a track record of success" to replace Professor Tim Brighouse.

The professor, chief education officer since 1993, announced his retirement in April following a glowing report from the Office for Standards in Education.

During his tenure, the Yorkshire-born academic visited hundreds of schools and sent at least 5,000 letters of congratulation to individual teachers. He was also vice-chair of the government standards taskforce with then chief inspector Chris Woodhead.

Meanwhile, a new city academy in west London is prepared to dig deep to employ a headteacher on a salary in excess of pound;100,000.

Ealing city academy, which will replace Compton high school, has pound;2 million backing from Alec Reed, founder and chairman of recruitment company Reed Executive.

Taking up the position in January 2003, the head will oversee the building of a new school. He or she will also be expected to improve substantially on the current 21 per cent five A* to C passes at GCSE.

The application deadline for Professor Brighouse's job is June 24.

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