Chief officer leaves after inspection

2nd July 1999 at 01:00
THE chief education officer in Liverpool has left his post in the wake of an inspection report suggesting major deficiencies in the running of the city's education services.

Frank Cogley, who has taken early retirement at 55, is the first casualty of the local authority inspection regime, run by the Office for Standards in Education.

The Department for Education and Employment is trawling for a chief education officer from another area to be caretaker until a permanent director is found.

According to Peter Boundes, Liverpool's chief executive, approaches have been made and details will be announced in next few days. Mr Cogley, director for the past 10 years, left his offices more than a week ago.

Management consultants KPMG are due to report shortly to a joint group of DFEE officials and officers from Liverpool on the future of the education service. The report is expected to suggest parts of the service should be contracted out to the private sector.

It appears Mr Cogley's departure was hastily arranged and he confirmed this week that he was still in discussion with his employers. Details of the terms of severance have yet to be agreed.

The inspection report was particularly critical of the city's councillors for not funding their schools at the level of similar local authorities. It also criticised the state of school buildings and accused councillors of wasting resources by maintaining surplus places.

The Liverpool inspection was brought forward because of concerns about support for failing schools, literacy and surplus places. The report found effective support for literacy, but it noted that Liverpool has 13 failing schools and a further 12 judged to have serious weaknesses.

The inspection process has resulted in two other councils being told to be put services out to tender. However, in the London boroughs of Islington and Hackney, the directors of education were both recent appointments.

OFSTED has now inspected education provision in one in three councils in England, and there could be further casualties in the senior ranks of local authorities.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today