Amanda Spielman is new chief inspector of Ofsted


Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has chosen Amanda Spielman as the next chief inspector of Ofsted.

Ms Spielman, currently chair of exams regulator Ofqual, has been chosen for her experience in the education sector although she has never been a teacher.

She has helped oversee the reform of GCSEs and A-levels and the founding and expansion of successful academy chain, Ark, during her time at Ofqual.

She will replace Sir Michael Wilshaw, who steps down at the end of the year.

But the 55-year old has come under attack by teacher unions who believe she lacks relevant experience to lead the schools watchdog.

Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "To have as the new chief inspector of Ofsted a person who has no teaching experience and who is heavily implicated in the academy programme, certainly does call into question both their suitability and impartiality for the job.

"It is a sad indictment of this Government's attitude to education that they place such little value on the experience of teachers and head teachers, that they would not consider such a background necessary for the chief inspector's role."

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers highlighted that Ms Spielman has never taught, has never led a school or a major public institution, and as chair of Ofqual she has presided over qualification chaos in secondary schools.

Ms Spielman's appointment will be first considered by the House of Commons education select committee before being finally approved by the privy council.