• Criticism of home-learning ‘unhelpful’, says Spielman

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has said it is “profoundly disappointing” to see commentators trying to “polarise” the back-to-school debate by “portraying teachers in a negative light”. Teachers’ safety concerns about returning to the classroom have prompted criticism from national newspaper columnists and some politicians. Writing for Schools Week, Amanda Spielman said it was “very clear to

    11.00 May. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Routine inspections not likely before summer, says Spielman

    Ofsted is unlikely to resume routine inspections of schools this academic year, Amanda Spielman has told MPs. The chief inspector appeared in front of the Parliamentary education committee by video link this morning, to answer questions about coronavirus and other pressing issues facing the inspectorate. Here’s what we learned.   1. Routine inspections unlikely before

    11.30 Apr. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Nearly nine in ten 'satisfied' with Ofsted's new inspections

    Nearly nine in ten respondents to a post-inspection survey since September are satisfied with their inspection, according to new statistics. Speaking in Birmingham at the weekend, Amanda Spielman said it was a “small and vocal minority” who were criticising the new inspection framework. In data released today, it shows that 88.6 per cent of 1,336

    17.11 Mar. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Framework criticism is just 'small and vocal minority', claims defiant Spielman

    The criticism of Ofsted’s new inspection framework is solely down to a “small and vocal minority”, Amanda Spielman will claim this weekend, as the government prepares to intervene in matters. The chief inspector will tell ResearchED Birmingham that “feedback from many directions is telling us that the inspections are nearly always working well” with schools

    9.00 Mar. 6th, 2020 | News

  • The Seldon List: OECD chief and schools minister top trad-dominated education influencers list

    Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education chief, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, and Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, have topped a new list of the most influential people in education. The list, drawn up by Sir Anthony Seldon with the help of a panel of 20 educationists, is likely to be controversial as it dominated

    5.00 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Under-fire Ofsted plans research to assess impact of school funding cuts

    Ofsted is planning to research the impact of funding cuts, as its chief inspector comes under fire for standing firm on her insistence there is no “clear evidence” to show funding pressures are hitting schools. Daniel Muijs, Ofsted’s head of research, told Schools Week the inspectorate will be running research next year on the impact

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted attempts parental charm offensive

    Ofsted wants to make its inspection reports more accessible to parents because they are its “most important education stakeholders”, according to a senior official. Amy Finch, its head of strategic development, said this week that when Ofsted’s new framework comes into effect from September 2019, it will improve parental communication by using clearer language in

    16.09 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Amanda Spielman's Ofsted moves away from 'male-dominated' culture

    Ofsted’s next inspection framework will promote a more “collaborative” approach to leadership, in a move away from the “male-dominated” culture of the watchdog’s past, a senior inspector has said. According to Gill Jones, Ofsted’s deputy director for early education, Amanda Spielman has sought to steer the organisation’s approach to rating school leadership away from the legacy

    13.26 May. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted leadership approval soars under Spielman

    A survey of civil servants working at the schools watchdog shows a surge in approval of Ofsted’s leadership and ability to manage change this year. The 2017 civil service people survey has offered the first glimpse into life at the inspectorate under Amanda Spielman, who took over as chief inspector from Sir Michael Wilshaw in

    11.10 Dec. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Hijabs are none of Ofsted's business

    Schools should be safe spaces – allowing outside authority figures to probe young girls’ choice of religious expression is precisely the wrong approach to take, argues Zubeda Limbada Last week, Amanda Spielman recommended that Ofsted inspectors in England should question Muslim primary school girls who wear a headscarf. She wants to tackle situations in which

    14.22 Nov. 29th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofsted's Spielman examines book scrutiny in inspections

    Ofsted is considering a new approach to book scrutiny, in which off-site inspectors will look at scanned versions of pupils’ books. The watchdog’s chief inspection Amanda Spielman gave a speech at the fifth annual national conference of ResearchED today, in which she explained areas of development she will be focusing on in the coming months.

    17.46 Sep. 9th, 2017 | News