Academy chief tipped for Ofsted top job rules himself out – for now

The TES is reporting that Sir Daniel Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris Federation, has ruled himself out of becoming Sir Michael Wilshaw’s successor at Ofsted (at least for now).

…in an exclusive interview, he told TES that while it was “an honour” to be seen as a frontrunner, he does not feel now is the right time to leave his academy chain…

He is one of a string of education figures linked to the top job. They have included high-profile Americans such as Doug Lemov, who have long since ruled themselves out of the running.

Asked if he wanted to lead Ofsted, Sir Daniel said: “No. It is an honour that people mention my name, but nobody who has mentioned it has ever asked me.

“I will never say never, but we have got significant change coming through at GCSE and A level and there is retrenchment in budgets – I don’t feel now would be a great time for me to move on from Harris. Who knows in the future, but this time around it is not for me…”

See more in the 1 April edition of TES

More at: Academy chief tipped for Ofsted top job rules himself out – for now


It’s not that much of a denial really, is it, but with a current salary of nearly £400k maybe he couldn’t afford to take the role anyway (I think Sir Michael ‘only’ gets about half that)  😉 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove A cut in wages of 50% (£200k!) to accept what is a poisoned chalice of a job as Chief Inspector of Schools; why would he?

  2. Nairb1

    As Morgan has announced that the new head of Ofsted will be a political appointment, in post to carry out the wishes of the SoS, isn’t the job a poisoned chalice for anyone with any integrity?

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