On secondment

21st August 1998 at 01:00
Parents face many challenges these days, not least reading between the lines.

John Dobie, Edinburgh's acting director of education, sent a masterly note to parents of children at troubled Granton primary in the city, which received one of the worst HMI reports ever.

"My purpose in writing at this stage," he told them, "is to advise you that the headteacher, Ms Teresa Mooney, will be working during the forthcoming year on a seconded basis in the education department.

"I am pleased to inform you that the headteacher of Preston Street School, Mr John Burns, has agreed to lead Granton School during this period.

"Also please note that Mr George Dewar, depute headteacher, has accepted a secondment to another school as part of the authority's staff development programme."

It's good to see that at least one authority is not prepared to deny promotional opportunities to school managers who have been on the receiving end of an HMI drubbing.

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