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Former Ofsted inspector given ESC role

Former Ofsted inspector given ESC role

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Former Ofsted inspector given ESC role

Wednesday 15 March 2023

A woman with "invaluable" experience and knowledge in senior education has joined Guernsey's Education, Sport, and Culture committee as it continues work on new governance guidelines.

Diane Mitchell, who is a former Director of Education in both Bournemouth and Portsmouth, has joined ESC as a non-voting member.

That means she will participate fully in the work of the committee in all areas overseeing education, sport and culture locally, but she doesn't have a vote on any decisions it makes.

Mrs Mitchell will be joining Advocate Jason Green who already sits on ESC as a non-voting member, supporting the political committee's work. 


Pictured: Advocate Jason Green.

Originally from Guernsey, Mrs Mitchell trained as a teacher and taught locally before relocating to the UK, becoming a Headteacher before progressing to become the Director of Education in both Bournemouth and Portsmouth.

Mrs Mitchell, who also has experience as an Ofsted Inspector, said there are a lot of exciting developments locally she wants to be involved with.

"I am delighted to have been invited to join the Committee at this pivotal time for the re-organisation of secondary and post-16 education," she said.

"I have been keenly following the Committee’s exciting plans for the post-16 campus at Les Ozouets, and I am looking forward to making an active contribution in the finalisation of proposals for the new Education Law. Having grown up here, I feel passionately about our island so I am equally looking forward to supporting Education, Sport & Culture in the strategic oversight of the cultural aspects of its mandate, and learning more about the good work that is going on in sport, especially at a grass-roots level."


Pictured: Mrs Mitchell, a former Ofsted Inspector, will be working closely with Deputy Andrea Dudley Owen on ESC.

The President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen welcomed Mrs Mitchell to her non-voting role, saying she'll bring valued experience with her.

"We are thrilled to have appointed Diane as a non-voting member of the Committee. Diane has a wealth of experience in education at a very senior level, and her knowledge will be invaluable as we continue to provide governance oversight of our schools and settings in preparation for the introduction of a new education governance model which we are developing as part of the Education Law Review. 

"Diane’s experience as an Ofsted Inspector will bring a new dimension to the Committee as we further embed our local inspection framework, which is an intrinsic part of our Education Strategy. Diane’s experience means she is ideally placed to support our strategic role, and she will have much to contribute to all areas of our mandate."

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