Michael Stevenson has been appointed director of education at the BBC in succession to Jane Drabble, who retires in July. Mr Stevenson, who is currently the BBC's deputy director of national and regional broadcasting, is a former secretary of the corporation and deputy editor of BBC1's On the Record.
Lindsey Davies is to be the next director of education for Northumberland when Chris Tipple, the present director, takes early retirement in July. Dr Davies will leave her post as Wiltshire's chief education officer to return to Northumberland, where she was formerly a divisional director.
Pamela Bowmaker, above, has been appointed to plan and run the Charter School, the "fresh start" 11-19 comprehensive to open in Dulwich, south-east London, in September 2000. Mrs Bowmaker is head of Varndean School in Brighton and was awarded the OBE for services to education in East Sussex. The Charter School will open on the site of the Dulwich High School for Boys, which closes this term.
Teresa Tunnadine, deputy headteacher at The Compton School in Barnet, north London, since it opened in 1992, succeeds Andrew Macalpine as headteacher from September. The Compton has just received "beacon school" status.
The National Children's Bureau has appointed Andrew Pasterfield to the new role of participation coordinator, helping children to influence adult decisions about their lives. He will establish a young people's advisory group, develop a package for young NCB members, create a website and organise conferences. Mr Pasterfield was project manager at the charity Include, where he developed education programmes for young people excluded from school.