Much-loved DCELLS director dies

12th March 2010 at 00:00

Education figures across Wales have paid tribute to Steve Marshall, formerly the country's top education civil servant, who died after a long illness this week.

Mr Marshall became director of the Assembly government's Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in 2006, but left after less than two years to take a "dream job" in Canada.

But his illness cut short his tenure as Ontario's deputy education minister and he recently returned home to Adelaide, Australia, where he died on Sunday.

In his brief time in Wales, Mr Marshall shook up DCELLS and championed reforms, including the performance-boosting school effectiveness framework.

See next week's TES Cymru for a full obituary.

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