Ex-Schools Head Named to Run PS7m Education Project; EYEBROWS RAISED AS SCHOOL DIRECTOR MOVES TO NEW JOB

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Byline: GARETH EVANS s gareth.evans@walesonline.co.uk

WALES' former schools director has been appointed to oversee the delivery of a PS7.2m education contract with the Welsh Government.

Chris Tweedale announced his resignation from the Welsh Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in May after 41/2 years in charge of Wales' schools.

Mr Tweedale left last month but his new role - as UK director of CfBT Education Trust - raised eyebrows within the sector, given the consultancy's previously-established links with DfES.

CfBT was last year awarded a PS7.2m contract from the Welsh Government to roll out its National Support Programme (NSP), designed to assist delivery of the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF).

The LNF will become a statutory part of the national curriculum from September and CfBT, which has already held introductory seminars and training, is expected to work with teachers in a bid to raise standards.

Mr Tweedale was closely involved with the LNF before his resignation from the civil service and documents obtained by the Western Mail show he will now oversee its development for CfBT.

Mr Tweedale, who was not on the seven-strong selection panel for the NSP contract, wrote in his business appointments form: "CfBT has a contract with the Welsh Government to help its teachers to deliver the LNF from September 2013.

"I will be expected to oversee this contract, through a contract manager based in Wales and assist CfBT to develop its support for teachers, headteachers and schools in Wales to ensure that children and young people in Wales raise their levels of attainment in literacy and numeracy. …