Spielman ‘didn’t have the profession’s confidence’, says teaching union

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, has said that the Education Committee had come to the right conclusion in rejecting Amanda Spielman as the successor to Sir Michael Wilshaw as Chief Inspector.

“We are pleased the Education Committee carried out a thorough scrutiny of the candidate for new Ofsted Chief Inspector. This appointment must have the confidence of teachers and heads as it is a vital role, with responsibility for maintaining and improving education standards across all sectors of education in England, as well as ensuring there are effective systems to keep children and young people safe.

“Unfortunately, as we pointed out when Nicky Morgan made her recommendation, Amanda Spielman does not have the profession’s confidence. She has never taught or led a major public institution, nor has she shown any signs of challenging problematic Government policy.

“It is vital that decisions about who should be the new Chief Inspector are made carefully and not rushed.

“This is particularly important now when schools and colleges face a huge amount of change and turmoil, with changes to the curriculum, tests and exams and uncertainty about what any resulting data tells us about what pupils know and how schools and colleges are doing.”

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