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New Deputy Director of Education appointed 11 September 2008

THE Department of Education is pleased announce the appointment of a new Deputy Director of Education.

Stuart Dobson, who takes up his post this month, brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been a teacher, a headteacher, an adviser and an inspector of schools in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Stuart Dobson

Since 2005, Mr Dobson has been the Department’s Senior Adviser, heading the Education Improvement Service, which ensures the quality of education being delivered in schools and at the Isle of Man College through monitoring, evaluation, training and support. In that role he led the team of advisers covering early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education, English as an additional language, special needs and psychology and the Manx curriculum.

Mr Dobson has been acting Deputy Director of Education since the announcement that Margaret Galloway was retiring. Mrs Galloway had been Deputy Director since June 2005.

He said:

‘The opportunity to develop our first class education system into a world class system is at our fingertips. Our schools are already embracing what is important – challenging our young people to become expert learners. If we achieve that, we are really equipping them to be ready for the future, which none of us can accurately predict. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be part of this development.’

Education Minister Anne Craine MHK said:

‘I am delighted that we have been able to appoint someone with Stuart’s experience in and enthusiasm for education to this key position within the Department.
‘In the relatively short time that he has been here, Stuart has made an invaluable contribution to raising the standards in our schools and, in the process, has earned the respect of his colleagues,’ the Minister said. ‘I welcome the opportunity to draw on his extensive knowledge for the continued benefit of the children of the Isle of Man.’

The Department will shortly be advertising for a new Senior Adviser. Martin Barrow, the Department’s Co-ordinating Adviser for 3-11 Education, is filling the role on an acting basis.

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