Jill Hankey is to retire as head of Bigland Green Primary in Tower Hamlets, east London. She started teaching at Christchurch Primary in 1968, then moved to Thomas Buxton Infants, was deputy head at Old Ford Infants and head at Blue Gate Fields Infants, all in the same borough. Abdul-Hayee Murshad takes over as head at Bigland Green from September. Mr Murshad started teaching when he was 27. He became a deputy head two years later, and took up his first acting headship at the age of 33. In September 2006, he was seconded to Ofsted to work with inspectors and since January 2008 has been involved with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Mr Murshad is also a member of the 0-14 advisory group that has helped Sir Jim Rose with the independent review of the primary curriculum.
Andrew Grant, head of St Albans School in Hertfordshire since 1993, has become chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Mr Grant began teaching at Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood, north-west London, subsequently moving to be head of English and drama at Whitgift School in Croydon, south London, and then second master at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, Surrey. Mr Grant's term of office as leader of the independent schools heads' association will extend through the next academic year.
After 20 years, Richard Howlett has retired as head of Hampshire's music service, which has more than 180 specialist teachers coaching more than 23,000 pupils a week. Under his leadership, the service has initiated a programme to ensure all primary children in the county have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Jill Larner, who has been with the music service for 12 years, the past four as Mr Howlett's deputy, has taken over from him.
Gulnaz Parveen has stepped down to teacher from head of department (English and drama) at Bolton Muslim Girls' School to launch a magazine aimed at Asian women. Bee focuses on social issues and political, literary and intellectual debate. The first issue examines whether the history of the Taj Mahal was distorted.
Anthony Bravo is to become principal of Basingstoke College of Technology, Hampshire, from September. He will be returning to further education after six years as principal of Crossways Academy in Lewisham, south-east London. Mr Bravo began in FE at Croydon College, where he became short course director. He moved to City and Islington College, where he was the vice principal and director of development.
In September, Peter Monk will step up from deputy to head of Friesland School in Nottingham, which specialises in performing arts. Mr Monk joined the school in 2003. Before that, he taught at De Lisle Catholic Science College in Loughborough, Leicestershire, for 17 years, introducing drama at A-level and GCSE.
School leaders attending the National Association of Head Teachers conference in Brighton last weekend probably needed a bit of light relief and inspiration before their showdown with Ed Balls over Sats. This came in the form of Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, the 11-time gold-winning Paralympic athlete. Dame Tanni presented delegates with a short video, showing highlights of her career. Turning to the heads afterwards, she said: "The only thing I think looking back at that ... is how many awful haircuts I've had."