TES on the latest round of high profile appointments to hit the headlines

TES are reporting that Stephen Evans has been appointed the next chief executive of the Learning and Work Institute, Amanda Spielman has been confirmed as the new Ofsted chief inspector, and Robert Halfon has been named as the new apprentices and skills minister.

Stephen Evans, who has been deputy CEO of the Learning and Work Institute for the last two years, will take over in September, replacing David Hughes, who is moving to take on a new role as chief executive of the Association of Colleges.

Mr Evans said he was “delighted” with his new role, and paid tribute to Mr Hughes’ “excellent job building our organisation and championing lifelong learning”. “Learning and work have the power to transform lives, but today too many people are missing out. With the pace of economic, social and political change it has perhaps never been more important to tackle these inequalities. That is what drives the Learning and Work Institute,” he added.

In other news, Amanda Spielman has been approved by the Privy Council to become Ofsted’s next chief inspector – despite MPs raising concerns about her lack of awareness of the FE sector.

Earlier this month, members of the Commons Education Select Committee rejected her candidacy on the grounds that they were not persuaded that Ms Spielman, currently chair of exams regulator Ofqual, had a “clear understanding” of FE, or that she was able to deliver the required level of “vision and passion”.

Finally, Robert Halfon has been named as the government’s new apprentices and skills minister, the MP has confirmed.

David Russell, chief executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said: “We warmly welcome Robert Halfon’s appointment and look forward to working with him on the crucial challenges facing the sector.

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