Rosie Phillips
Posted on 21 Jul 2016

It's official… Amanda Spielman formally approved as Ofsted chief inspector

Last month, we announced that Amanda Spielman has been named as the new head of Ofsted.  This month, the Government has confirmed approval by the Privy Council - meaning she has been “formally appointed” as chief inspector – although she won’t start in the post until after Sir Michael Wilshaw is due to step down in December.

Despite a pre-appointment hearing on 29 June, to which the House of Commons Education Committee report raised "significant concerns," Ms Morgan reiterated that Ms Spielman was the best candidate, adding she was “surprised and disappointed” by the committee’s report.

The new Education Secretary Justine Greening said she was confident Amanda Spielman was “the right person to lead Ofsted” and said she looked forward to working with her.

Amanda Spielman has said to be “delighted” with the decision and said she had seen first-hand the “impact a great education can have” and wanted this “to be the norm for every child”.

The Department for Education has confirmed that a full statement on Ms Spielman’s appointment would be issued in due course.