Letter to the Chairman of the Education
Sub-committee from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools
Thank you for your letter of 1 November concerning
the appointment of the new Director for Early Years.
We considered very carefully the major requirements
of the post and concluded that the key ones were related to management
experience and expertise. This decision was based on the real
needs of this challenging post. We have not excluded the possibility
that an appropriate candidate could have both the management expertise
and experience of the early years. However, clear priority has
been accorded to the former.
If the person appointed does not have early years
expertise then we shall most definitely be looking for it within
those appointed to the Director's senior team. It is the overall
expertise of the senior team which is important.