Press release

Teaching Agency Chief Executive appointed

Outstanding headteacher Charlie Taylor was today appointed as the first permanent Chief Executive of the new Teaching Agency.

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Outstanding headteacher Charlie Taylor was today appointed as the first permanent Chief Executive of the new Teaching Agency.

The Teaching Agency, based within the Department for Education, came into existence on 1st April 2012. It is responsible for ensuring the supply of high-quality teachers and training and for teacher regulation.

It also delivers policy for teachers and instructors; those working in Early Years; classroom-based school support staff; special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs); educational psychologists and examinations officers.

Mr Taylor will take up the new post from 3rd September 2012, taking over from Lin Hinnigan, who was appointed as an interim Chief Executive.

He is currently the department’s Expert Adviser on Behaviour. Previously he was the head teacher of The Willows, a special school for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in West London. During his time at the school, he received two ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings.

Charlie Taylor said:

I am delighted to be able to take on this new role at such a key time.

Ensuring we have the very best professionals in our classrooms and schools, and working in Early Years, is vital. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and being part of the Teaching Agency team.

Mr Taylor has been a behavioural specialist for more than 10 years and has also worked as a freelance behaviour consultant, coaching teachers in behaviour management techniques. He has taught every age group, from nursery to 16-year-olds, working in tough inner-city primary and comprehensive schools. He lives in London and is married with 3 children.

Welcoming the appointment, Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

I am delighted that Charlie Taylor has accepted this vital role. The skills and experience he brings will ensure the success of this new and important agency.

I would also like to thank Lin Hinnigan for her excellent work setting up the agency and guiding it through its early days.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. The appointments process for the appointment of Charlie Taylor was overseen by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, with the process chaired by a Commissioner, and the appointment made on merit; political activity played no part in the decision-making process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations and the code of practice, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared), and other information, to be made public. Mr Taylor declared no such activity. Education Secretary Michael Gove approved the appointment but had no formal role in the interview process.

  2. The Teaching Agency has responsibility for ensuring the supply of high-quality teachers and training and for teacher regulation. It also delivers policy for teachers and instructors; those working in Early Years; classroom-based school support staff; special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs); educational psychologists and examinations officers.

The agency will be responsible for three key areas of delivery:

  • supply and, with others, retention of the workforce;
  • the quality of the workforce; and
  • regulation of teacher conduct.

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Published 15 June 2012