The relationship between schools and local authorities has been developing over the past decade, as national policy has extended further the independence already long enjoyed by schools. As a result, we are now far more in a relationship of equal partners, each drawing upon the particular strengths and expertise of the other so that our combined efforts deliver maximum benefit for the children and young people of Dudley.

Continuity and clarity over the council’s side of this relationship is of great importance, so I am therefore delighted to be able to announce that, following a national recruitment exercise, Neil Hoskinson has been appointed to the substantive post of Lead for Education Outcomes for Dudley Council, in which role he will report directly to me, in my capacity as statutory Director of Children’s Services. Neil was interviewed by a panel comprising Elected Members from both political parties, head teacher representatives from the primary and secondary sectors, and an external Director of Education. He impressed us all with his passion for, and knowledge of, the sector. Neil has already been making a significant impact in improving the relationship between the Council and schools, and in addressing key issues around inclusion and educational outcomes. His substantive appointment to the role means Dudley will be able to build on the work already delivered and move forward with greater confidence.


Martin Samuels
Strategic Director – People
(ADASS National Lead for Regions, WM ADASS Co-Chair)