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New Ofsted Chief Inspector named

Nicky Morgan recommends Amanda Spielman as new Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 15, 2016 | People, policy, politics

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has recommended Amanda Spielman for the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills. 

Spielman has been chosen as the preferred candidate because of her impressive breadth of experience across the education sector and her proven commitment to raising standards for children and young people. She co-founded ARK schools, one of the most successful academy chains in the country, which has transformed some of the most underperforming schools in the country. Since 2011, she has been Chair of the exam board regulator Ofqual, overseeing a significant and ambitious reform agenda which sees the introduction of an entirely new, more rigorous suite of A levels andGCSEs. She is also a trustee of STEMNET, a network which works with thousands of schools, colleges and employers to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, said: “I am delighted to recommend Amanda Spielman as Chief Inspector. From helping to set up one of the country’s top academy chains, to acting as a council member for the Institute of Education, to overseeing our ambitious qualification reform programme, Amanda has extensive experience at the frontline of the education system, making her uniquely qualified to take up this important role. 

“I know that she is the right person to deliver the education white paper’s commitment to continue to improve the quality and consistency of Ofsted’s inspections, ensuring that it plays a central role in realising our vision of educational excellence everywhere.” 

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