New schools director setting high standards

Andy Johnson during a visit to King Edward VI School in Morpeth.
Andy Johnson during a visit to King Edward VI School in Morpeth.

A new director of education and skills has been appointed for Northumberland.

And Andy Johnson is already setting himself and his team some demanding results.

Andy is heading up the education and skills team for the county and has a wide range of responsibilities including improving the quality of schools, adult learning and the supporting the most vulnerable pupils including those with special educational needs.

He has a distinguished career, with 35 years’ experience in education including a variety of senior leadership role, most recently he was a senior Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools.

He said: “I am really proud and privileged to take up this post.

“I am delighted to be working in Northumberland and relish the challenges ahead.

“My main aim is to ensure every child goes to a good or outstanding school. We know that there are some really good schools already and it is my responsibility to help headteachers, governors and teachers reach these high standards right across Northumberland.

“This means acting as a ‘critical friend’ and challenging and supporting schools to promote and improve education for every child.”

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services, said: “It’s great to have Andy join us and he will be a real asset to the organisation.

“He has extensive experience and an excellent reputation and is well aware of the challenges we face.”