Ofsted’s next chief inspector promises to listen to critics even when it ‘hurts’

The TES is reporting that Ofsted’s new head has promised that she will listen to ‘honest and constructive’ feedback during her time as chief inspector.

Amanda Spielman, who will succeed Sir Michael Wilshaw as Ofsted chief inspector in the new year, today described her new role as “the biggest leadership challenge” of her career.

Speaking at the launch of the new charity Ambition School Leadership this morning – which brings together the Future Leaders Trust and Teaching Leaders – the current chair of Ofqual said that she had learned the importance of listening to dissenting voices.

“I have put a lot of effort into listening to voices outside my organisation, even critical ones,” she said. “It’s not easy, sometimes it actually hurts… but it’s always worth doing.

“This is something that I will definitely be carrying on at Ofsted.”

Ms Spielman said one of the most important lessons she had learned about leadership during her career was to “always hold onto a clear sense of organisational purpose”.

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