THE GOVERNMENT'S beleaguered curriculum quango has advertised for a new chief executive to follow Nicholas Tate. Dr Tate will become head of top public school Winchester College in September.
Hotly-tipped as his replacement at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is Dugald Sandeman, recently recruited from the DFEE to head the quango's new strategy and communications division.
Mr Sandeman, former head of the schools division at the DFEE's standards and effectiveness unit, is regarded as a safe pair of hands who was brought into put a stop to a series of embarrassing blunders at the QCA.
However, his appointment was seen by some as the first move in a take-over of the troubled exam watchdog, by the education department.
The QCA was formed in 1997 by the merger of the Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the National Council for Vocational Qualifications.
Dr Tate, SCAA and QCA chief executive since 1994, will be the second state-educated Winchester head, earning more than pound;100,000 a year on a 10-year contract.