New confusion over top leadership job

28th January 2000 at 00:00
THE GOVERNMENT'S tortuous attempts to find a director of the new National College for School Leadership have been extended by another week after Tony Blair appeared to contradict his own education officials in his interview in last week's TES.

The Prime Minister's insistence that he wanted the pound;100,000-a-year position to be filled by an outstanding headteacher appears to have caused consternation in the corridors of the Department for Education and Employment.

Despite receiving 50 applications, many from leading headteachers, when the post was originally advertised in the autumn, the department re-advertised the postion last month. But this advertisement did not mention that headship experience was required and said that the new director could have a track record in either the private or public sectors.

One head, who asked not to be named, told The TES: "When I contacted the department after the post was re-advertised, they gave me the impression that they were looking for someone from industry, so I did not bother to apply.

"When I read the piece in The TES, I asked them if there had been a change of heart. They said: 'We need longer to think about the implications of the article.' "

The head is now applying.

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