Exclusive: Amanda Spielman formally approved as Ofsted chief inspector

Ms Spielman will start as HMCI in New Year, despite MPs’ opposition,

Amanda Spielman has been approved by the Privy Council to become Ofsted’s next chief inspector, TES can reveal.

Question marks had started to appear over whether the current chair of Ofqual would still be given the green light to take the top job at Ofsted following Nicky Morgan’s sacking as education secretary.

Ms Morgan had gone to great lengths to ensure her preferred candidate was appointed as Her Majesty’s chief inspector after the Commons education select committee opposed the decision.

The cross panel of MPs, chaired by the Conservative member for Stroud Neil Carmichael, rejected Ms Spielman, claiming she lacked the “passion and vision” for the role.

But Ms Morgan snubbed the committee’s decision and recommended her approval to former prime minister David Cameron and the rest of the Privy Council.

Speculation has been rife over whether the new education secretary Justine Greening would continue with Ms Spielman’s appointment or heed the advice of the select committee.

However, TES was told her candidacy has been formally approved.

A source said: “The Privy Council met on the Tuesday of the prime minister resigning and approved it. It’s not public yet but Amanda Spielman has her approval letter.”

Today education secretary, Justine Greening, confirmed the decision saying: “I’m confident Amanda Spielman is the right person to lead Ofsted and I look forward to working with her.

“Ofsted’s role is vital in challenging schools, childcare providers and social services to ensure every child reaches their full potential.”

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