Local authority recruits new education head
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Highland Council has filled its new executive chief officer posts – a year after announcing a restructuring of the senior management team.
The aim of the restructure, which involved cutting the number of senior and middle management jobs, was to save the cash-strapped local authority money.
Paul Senior has been appointed as interim executive chief officer for education and learning, joining seven other people in either executive chief officer or interim roles.
He has experience in education positions in councils in England, latterly with Hackney Council, and has been an Ofsted inspector.
He said: “I’m looking forward to joining Highland Council at such a crucial time and to working closely with our local area head teachers, partners and education system leaders.
“The Highland education system and all supporting parts such as our schools and settings have a lot of good practice to be recognised and celebrated, but also the data and results tells us that we have scope for improvement.
“I’m passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people through the work of education and will aim to bring this passion, along with experience and learning from my previous roles, to the Highland area.”