No cosy chats, but there's nothing to fear

15th October 1999 at 01:00
LIZ REID, former director in Edinburgh and now in Hackney, met Bill Clark when he was sent to the London authority as part of a DFEE hit squad.

She says that education authority inspections must have a rightful place as more and more accountability is placed on schools, headteachers and governing bodies. "It is undeniable that the experience in England has been instrumental in improvements to children's educational attainment."

David Bell, the director in Newcastle upon Tyne, has had a positive experience working with Mr Clark to draw up his authority's development plan. "It's quite nice occasionally to have an input from outside which is not just about inspection but involves advice and support as well," Mr Bell says.

"We were lucky to have someone of the calibre of Bill Clark in that role. He didn't come to us with any template that there is only one way to run an education authority, but he wasn't just popping in for a cosy chat either."

Mr Bell, who began his career teaching in the west of Scotland, added:

"Colleagues in Scotland should be reassured that someone with the background of Bill Clark, who is a real professional and has complete integrity, will be working alongside them."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now