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New primary adviser to be appointed 20 November 2006

FOLLOWING the retirement of Stuart Loaring, the Department of Education is delighted to confirm that the new co-ordinating adviser for 3-11 education will be Martin Barrow.

He will co-ordinate the work of the team of advisers who look after primary education.

As well as having a general responsibility for primary education, he will continue to lead the Department’s Leadership and Management Training Programme for primary teachers.

Mr Barrow has gained a wide experience of primary education on the Island since first joining the Department as a classroom teacher at Albert Road School 28 years ago.

As well as holding a number of different teaching posts, he worked as the Department’s co-ordinator for ICT for a period during the 1980s and was appointed as head teacher at Andreas School in 1994.

In 2004 Mr Barrow became involved in the development of a Leadership and Management Training Programme for primary teachers and was subsequently seconded from his head teacher post to lead this project.

Since then his role within the Education Improvement Service has expanded to include working as a School Improvement Adviser.

He said:

‘I am delighted to be taking on his new role with the Department. This is a really exciting time to be involved in leading primary education on the Island and I am looking forward to working with schools to support them as they aspire to achieve the highest possible standards of education for the Island’s children.’

Originally from Yorkshire, Mr Barrow, 49, trained as a teacher in London before moving to the Island in 1978. He lives in Ramsey with his wife and two sons – Christopher, who is at university, and Timothy, who is in the 6th Form at Ramsey Grammar School.

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