Martin Reed has become the NUT's new president and was inaugurated at the union's annual conference in Cardiff two weeks ago. Mr Reed, a Welshman, has spent the past 27 years teaching at Wolfreton Secondary School in East Yorkshire but has now returned to Wales. Mr Reed said he was determined to use his presidential year to help to alleviate problems associated with teacher workload.
Neil Strowger has embarked on his first headship, at Bohunt School in Liphook, Hampshire. In 1997, he started as a modern foreign languages teacher at Claverham Community College in Battle, East Sussex. After two years, he joined Hazelwick School, West Sussex, where he became head of French. In 2003, he was appointed head of modern languages at Oxted School, Surrey, where he became deputy head and led a Pounds 2 million building project. He joined Bohunt this month.
The Bulwell Academy in Nottingham has appointed Scott Burnside senior vice-principal. Formerly senior deputy head at Top Valley School, he will be responsible for putting in place the vocational curriculum programme to enhance the skills and attributes of the academy's new students. It will open in September, initially on the two current sites at Hucknall Lane and Highbury Vale until the new facilities are ready.
Mike Lamb, a teacher of biology and psychology at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex, will be kayaking up Lake Malawi this summer, retracing the route taken by explorer David Livingstone 150 years ago. Funded by a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Mr Lamb will visit several schools on the lake to run environmental education workshops. Having helped to build a school in rural Malawi in 2006, Mr Lamb set up Inspire Worldwide, an organisation to support teachers from the UK and the US visiting schools in Africa to share and exchange skills. The organisation also offers expeditions for schools, youth groups and companies.
Marion Davis, Warwickshire County Council's strategic director for children, young people and families, has been elected vice-president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services. After a year in post, she will take up the ACDS presidency. She has 25 years' experience in social care, a degree in sociology and psychology and a masters in applied social policy. Before joining the county council in 2003 as director of social care and health, she was head of service for children and families, then head of community care services at Plymouth City Council.
Kim Bromley-Derry, director of children's services in the London borough of Newham, is the new ADCS president for the next 12 months.
"It's not changed my mind about Ofsted," NASUWT's general secretary Chris Keates told delegates last week. But she was clearly pleased the inspectorate had said the union's on-site conference creche facility was "outstanding". What a no-win situation it must have been for all involved. Inspectors were surely horrified to be faced with judging the creche, and imagine the fall-out if they had said it was 'failing'. 'The Daily Mail' would have gone to town. Well done, everyone - you must be chuffed that the whole thing went off without undue cribbing.