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CONTROVERSIAL BRISTOL SCHOOLS BOSS IS NEW BRUM RECRUIT

05-02-2010

The Stirrer can reveal that Birmingham Council has hired a controversial education officer accused to telling schools not to sack bullies – as more details emerge of the Gravy Train still rolling through the Children, Young People and Families department where 1300 jobs are threatened.

As we reported earlier this week there’s still plenty of time for those “in the know” to cash in – even though ordinary staff have been issued with redundancy notices.

Recently retired service director Mike Yarnold, for example, has apparently been brought back on a freelance basis at a whopping £750 per day.

We’ve also learned more about a senior worker hired in the education department on a £5,000 four day a week contract.

Our understanding is that this is the new interim Education director Heather Tomlinson, who recently retired from a similar position in Bristol.

Her departure was welcomed by many in the city, which was noted for having what the local paper called “the worst performing schools” in the West Country.

Tomlinson was reported to have instructed Head Teachers not to sack bullies.

Our sources suggest that her pay is at “twice the going rate” for the job, and that her recruitment wasn’t conducted in line with the usual JNC procedures – though there’s no suggestion that she has done anything improper.

We’ve also had more information about planned cuts in the budget for adapting mainstream schools for disabled pupils – these apparently amount to £1million.

Obviously the cash is needed to pay all the high flyers in senior management.

We’re still waiting for a response to this story from Birmingham City Council.

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