Portsmouth City Council relaunch search for £80k head of education

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THE job of leading education in Portsmouth has been re-advertised – because the first round of applicants were not good enough.

Portsmouth City Council has been forced to re-advertise the £80,000-a-year job of head of education.

Julian Wooster, the council’s director of children’s services, has enlisted a recruitment agency to help attract candidates more suited to the job.

Mr Wooster told The News: ‘We had eight applicants last time and this time 29.

‘The previous applicants had the technical skill, but didn’t demonstrate the leadership needed to carry forward the ambition of the council and city schools for education.

‘This time round we used a recruitment agency, which has clearly brought in more applicants.

‘We’ll be interviewing early next month.’

The role, which was first advertised in February, will replace two senior posts at the council – the former head of children and young people’s well-being and the current head of learning and achievement, Mike Fowler.

With both jobs holding a salary of between £72,740 and £80,398, the council says the appointment will save it cash.

Duties include managing more than 300 staff and acting as lead commissioner for education provision in the city.