Tsar wars

Speculation mounts over who may take what one senior education authority officer described as the "tastiest education job I've seen in a long while" - London schools "tsar" at the Department for Education and Skills.

Birmingham's outgoing education director Tim Brighouse is still favourite, despite his insistence to The TES a fortnight ago that he would not be interested if the position were (as is likely) full-time.

Others tipped include general secretary of the society of education officers Chris Waterman, Islington Council chief and unsuccessful candidate for chief inspector earlier this year Leisha Fullick and newly-retired former Hammersmith and Fulham education chief Christine Whatford. A good outside bet may be former Inner London Education Authority and East Sussex Council chief David Mallen, who is already working at the department preparing the ground for the Tsar or Tsarina.

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