Exclusive: Amanda Spielman gets nod as next Ofsted chief inspector

Amanda Spielman has been recommended to become the next Ofsted chief inspector, TES can reveal.

The chair of Ofqual has been put forward as the preferred candidate to take over the reins a the inspectorate after the current head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw steps down in December.

Ms Spielman has seen off a strong field of candidates, including the likes of Toby Salt, chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust, and Russell Hobby, general secretary of heads’ union the NAHT.

The decision to recommend Ms Spielman is likely to raise eyebrows within the education community, however, as she has never worked as a teacher.

The 55-year-old has worked as education adviser for academy chain Ark Schools, and was a founding board member of the sponsor. But the lion’s share of her professional experience comes from corporate finance.

The recommendation has been given the green light by Number 10, and will now be subject to the agreement of the Commons education select committee.

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