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PORTSMOUTH City Council is advertising for an £80,000-a-year ‘head of education’ – which the authority says will save it cash.

The new job will replace two senior posts at the council – the former head of children and young people’s wellbeing and the current head of learning and achievement, Mike Fowler.

Both jobs hold a salary of between £72,740 and £80,398 each so the council says it will be making an overall saving of just under £80,000.

Councillor John Ireland, who is in charge of education issues at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This post is a reflection of the importance we place on education, improving outcomes for children in the city, and responding to the government’s agenda for educational change.

‘It has been made possible by rationalising posts at a senior level.’

The city council says its future head of education will manage more than 300 staff, and act as lead commissioner for education provision in Portsmouth.