Update from Lucy Butler, Director for Children’s Services

All staff
Staffing changes in education and learning

I would like to update you on several staffing changes due to take place in the Education and Learning Service, and plans for the immediate and longer-term future.

At the end of May we say goodbye and thank you to Roy Leach and Rachael Etheridge. Roy and Rachael have been invaluable to ensuring Oxfordshire’s children receive a good education for over 54 years between them and we wish them all the best for their future adventures.

We will also be saying goodbye to Jo Moxon and welcoming David Clarke as the new Deputy Director for Education and Learning on 01 June 2018. Jo has been a great asset in setting the course for our approach to Education & Learning in Oxfordshire, while overseeing not one, but two Ofsted inspections during her brief time with us!

We also welcome Kim James as the new Head of Service for Learning and School Improvement on 01 June 2018. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra Higgs who has covered this role in the interim, for the fantastic job she has done in the leadership of school improvement, particularly with schools causing concern.

At the end of June, we say farewell and thank you to Janet Johnson, who has decided to retire after devoting 26 years to providing better education for some of our most vulnerable children.

The vacancies created by these moves will be filled internally on an interim basis, pending successful appointment to the permanent Head of Service posts as follows:

  • Head of Service for SEND
  • Head of Service for Access to Learning (formerly the Head of School Organisation and Sufficiency)
  • Head of Service for Learner Engagement (reformed from the Service Manager Inclusion post).

PENNA is assisting in the recruitment process for the permanent posts which will go out to National Advert this week.

The creation of an additional Head of Service for Learner Engagement is subject to the below consultation, but is anticipated to help us to bring together the services supporting inclusive education, whilst feeding into the new shape of the service under David’s leadership.

Lucy Butler, Director for Children's Services