Amanda Spielman appoints former Nicky Morgan special adviser to Ofsted

Amanda Spielman appoints former Nicky Morgan special adviser to Ofsted

Amanda Spielman, new head of Ofsted, has appointed Nicky Morgan’s former special adviser to her team.

Luke Tryl, who was appointed as special adviser to the former education secretary in July 2014, has been hired by Spielman to take the new post of director of corporate strategy.

Tryl was head of education at gay rights organisation Stonewall before working for Morgan, and moves to join Ofsted from his current role as director of think tank Public Policy Projects.

Morgan made clear her positive view of the new chief inspector, overruling the concerns of some MPs who sought to block Spielman’s appointment in summer 2016. Spielman had been criticised by some school leaders for a lack of teaching experience given her previous career as an accountant.

Tryl’s role, which will be paid at £90,000 a year, is described on the civil service’s jobs site as “supporting the Chief Inspector and the Ofsted Board as they review and develop Ofsted’s strategic priorities for the next five years.”

“The postholder will engage with senior stakeholders, academics and policy makers to make sure the way Ofsted works is informed by their evidence.”

Spielman began her new role in January after the exit of Sir Michael Wilshaw.