• 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

  • Sir Michael Wilshaw joins board of Education Policy Institute

    Sir Michael Wilshaw has become a trustee at Education Policy Institute (EPI) following his departure from Ofsted at the end of last year. The former chief inspector has joined the board at EPI, a think tank based in London, at which he has given talks and even spoken critically with regards their reports previously. He swells the

    13.05 Mar. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Wilshaw: I would have refused pupil immigration checks as head

    The collection of pupil nationality and country of birth data by schools is a “daft idea”, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said, indicating that he would have refused to carry out immigration checks on pupils when he was a headteacher. The outgoing chief inspector of Ofsted gave his view on recent disclosures that Theresa May wanted teachers to

    13.17 Dec. 1st, 2016 | News

  • Wilshaw warns against over-reliance on data as he lists proudest Ofsted achievements

    Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned against an over-reliance on data in judging schools, as he listed his proudest achievements at the helm of Ofsted in one of his last speeches as chief inspector. The Ofsted boss told delegates at an Education Policy Institute event this morning that a purely data-driven school accountability system would save the government

    16.35 Nov. 25th, 2016 | News

  • Despite popular belief, boxing has never actually been banned in schools

    Last week, Sir Michael Wilshaw sent a stern letter to headteachers who failed to stop a mass fight among pupils at their four schools. The leaders ought to have got wind of the event and intervened, he said. It wasn’t always this way though; at one point in time schools literally taught children how to

    5.00 Nov. 15th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Sir David Carter: Claim that trusts failed because they grew too quickly is a "myth"

    The national schools commissioner has claimed the idea early academy sponsors failed because they grew too quickly is “a myth”, instead stating it was because they gave too much autonomy to their failing schools and did not have a trust-wide improvement plan. It had been widely established across the education community that trusts such as

    13.39 Oct. 19th, 2016 | News

  • Wilshaw reveals recipe for success after inspecting 7 top academy trusts

    Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has singled out seven academy trusts for praise, while taking another swipe at struggling trusts for “empire building”. Wilshaw, in his monthly commentary published today, said Ofsted inspectors visited seven trusts to find out “what marks them out from their weaker counterparts”. The trusts (full list below) were chosen

    17.30 Oct. 11th, 2016 | News

  • Schools reporting remit widened in missing pupils crackdown

    Schools will now have a duty to collect additional details about pupils deemed missing from education – including the name of the person they are living with – under tougher rules introduced following concerns pupils were being radicalised. The expansion of duties regarding pupils who go missing from mainstream school wills come into force from

    12.42 Jul. 22nd, 2016 | News

  • UTCs need 'radical improvement' to survive - Wilshaw

    University Technical Colleges need “radical improvement” if the model is to survive, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said. The Ofsted chief inspector has been a champion of the controversial 14 to 19 vocational institutions during his tenure, but said consistency in their performance was missing and described their track record as “patchy” in a speech this

    12.17 Jul. 21st, 2016 | News

  • Birmingham schools still at risk of extremist 'destabilisation', says Sir Michael Wilshaw

    Schools at the centre of the “Trojan Horse” investigations are now “much safer” but are still at risk of “destabilisation” from an “intent” minority, Ofsted’s chief inspector has said. In an open letter to the government about Birmingham City Council, Sir Michael Wilshaw said it was “distressing” to hear that in Birmingham schools allegedly targeted

    0.01 Jul. 8th, 2016 | News

  • New Ofsted chief faces £31 million funding black hole, Wilshaw admits

    Ofsted’s new chief inspector will be left with a budget black hole of more than £30 million, Sir Michael Wilshaw has admitted. The inspectorate’s current boss says Ofsted needs to save £31.5 million over the next four years, and that its financial situation will present “risks” and pose a “challenge” for the organisation as a

    14.02 Jun. 30th, 2016 | News