New education chief announced for city

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A NEW boss has been announced to run Sheffield’s education service.

Jayne Ludlam, Sheffield’s deputy executive director of children, young people and families, will lead the service when Dr Sonia Sharp leaves at the end of this month.

Dr Sharp is taking up a senior Government role in Australia after four years as executive director,

Jayne will become interim executive director for one year from August 1, as Dr Sharp is taking a year’s career break from Sheffield while she settles into her new post.

Jayne said: “All children in Sheffield deserve the very best start in life and that is something I feel very passionate about.

“We have made great progress in integrating the services families receive, and in improving children’s progress in the early years, but there is still much to do particularly as children reach secondary school age.

“I’m relishing the challenges ahead.”

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, added: “Jayne has a wealth of experience in this field and is committed to developing the service and building on the great work already done.

“This is a great move for Sonia and I am very pleased for her but it also reflects well for the city.

“The hard work done to integrate children’s services has clearly been recognised globally.

“Sonia leaves a very strong team in place to continue the good work, and I wish her and her family all good wishes for the future.”