Calderdale brings in reinforcements

21st August 1998 at 01:00
TWO EDUCATION specialists have been appointed by Calderdale Council in an attempt to stave off a take-over by a Government-backed hit squad.

Simon Jenkin, former chief education officer of Devon and Peter Wylie, currently the director of education in Knowsley, will advise the borough on how it can raise standards.

The appointments were made just over a week after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education found that the Yorkshire authority had failed to address five of the 10 recommendations OFSTED made in 1997 for turning around its schools.

Two weeks ago Paul Sheehan, the chief executive, set out to seek out top names in education to show the authority "how it should be done". The borough has until September 14 to come up with a plan for improving its education service, or risk becoming the first in the country to lose its powers under new legislation.

Mr Jenkin retired from his post as chief education officer in Devon in March after nine years. He has also worked as a teacher in further and higher education.

Peter Wylie has been director of education in Knowsley for the past five years, and has worked for Birmingham, Leicester and East Sussex local authorities.

In a joint statement, the two said: "We are delighted to have been invited by the chief executive to help prepare a response for the Secretary of State to the recent Ofsted inspection of Calderdale.

"We will undertake wide-ranging discussions with all colleagues within the education department and in schools as a matter of urgency and hope to report to the chief executive early in September in order to help with the construction of that response."

Calderdale was placed under scrutiny after one of its schools, The Ridings, in Halifax, was temporarily closed down in a blaze of publicity about disciplinary problems.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now