New columnist joins Guardian supplement

The Guardian has redesigned its Tuesday Education supplement and signed up Cherie Blair’s former personal aide, Fiona Millar, as a columnist.

Millar, chair of governors of a North London primary school, resigned from her job working for the Prime Minister’s wife when her partner, Alastair Campbell, stepped down as government communications chief.

Last month Millar spoke out against middle-class parents who refused to send their children to local state schools.

She said this week: “I’ll be writing about practical issues and education policy from the point of view of a chair of governors of an inner city school, and responding to education issues in the news and as they rise up the political agenda.”

Guardian education editor Will Woodward has overseen the redesign. Lucy Ward has returned from maternity leave to work alongside education correspondent Rebecca Smithers.

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