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David Bell, Permanent Secretary, DCSF

David Bell was born in Glasgow in March 1959. He studied History and Philosophy at Glasgow University and obtained his PGCE from Jordan Hill College

of Education and held teaching posts at primary schools in Glasgow, moving on to become a deputy head, and then a head teacher in Essex.

In 1990, he became Assistant Director of Education at Newcastle City Council in 1993, trained as an Ofsted team inspector, becoming a registered inspector in 1994.

He was promoted to Director of Education and Libraries at Newcastle City Council in 1995 and became Chief Executive of Bedfordshire County Council in 2000.

Following this role, David became HM Chief Inspector of Schools in May 2002. He was Chief Inspector for over three years and, in January 2006, he became Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills before becoming the first Permanent Secretary at the Department for Children, Schools and Families in June 2007.


Mr David Bell | talks


Date and Time:

8 October 2008 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Hawthorn Building, De Montfort University
De Montfort University
The Gateway
0116 257 7452
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