Wednesday, 27 June 2012 07:52
Medway: new Director & Medway testsWritten by Peter Read
Medway has a new Director of Children and Adult Services, to replace Rose Collinson, who leaves the service at the end of July having seen her last few years dogged by major problems in the education sector. It may be that the amalgamation of various departments to form this enormous range of responsibilities is too much for one person to run, the portfolio including responsibility for schools, adoption and fostering, children’s social care, special education needs, youth services, working with the voluntary sector, and adult social care and physical and learning disabilities. Medway Council has appointed Barbara Peacock to the post. She is currently Corporate Director - People at Sandwell Borough Council in the West Midlands, with specific responsibilities for Adult Social Services and Children’s Social Services, but with oversight of the Learning and Culture department. This appears a similar role to her new appointment, but her background is in Social Services, so I hope she is able to get to grips with......
the very real problems that beset the education service in Medway. These are expressed not only on this website but in other media coverage such as Kent on Sunday and the Medway Messenger. A well respected headteacher expressed concern to me that the appointment panel comprised just councilors with no education specialists, but it is clear that Barbara Peacock comes with a repution for sorting out underperforming departments, and so we should be able to look forward optimistically for improvements.
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