New Ofsted chief: ‘I want everyone to see us as a force for improvement’

New chief: ‘I want everyone to see us as a force for improvement’


In her first interview since taking over as chief inspector from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Spielman says her experience in building Ark and her later role as chair of Ofqual, the exams regulator, has given her insights into the pressures schools and teachers are under. “Going through the buildup of Ark from scratch, I have been on the receiving end of a lot of Ofsted inspections,” she says, grimacing at the memory. “I’ve been closely involved in the tribulations and concerns of a lot of schools, getting from a horrible place to somewhere good and sometimes really, really good. – The Guardian


She says she wants an Ofsted that manages risk intelligently and puts its resources in the right place. “I want to get to a point where people just can’t imagine not seeing Ofsted as a force for improvement in any of its remits. That, for me, would be a big success after five years.”

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