New Ofsted Head announced

Michael Wilshaw, current Ofsted head, will be stepping down at the end of this year and will be replaced by Amanda Spielman, current chairwoman of the exams regulator Ofqual.  Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, regulates and inspects services that care for children and young people such as nurseries and schools, as well as those providing education and skills for learners and all ages, including training providers such as Aspire Training Team.


MP’s have been objecting to the appointment of Ms Spielman, despite the support from the outgoing Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, and the incoming Education Secretary, Justine Greening.  MP’s are opposed to Ms Spielman due to her perceived lack of passion, failure to understand the breadth of the role and lack of any first hand teaching experience, despite the fact she is not the first person in the role to lack this specific experience.


In her past roles, Ms Spielman has achieved an MA in comparative education at University College London’s Institute of Education and conducted freelance consultancy work for Brunel University and Stemnet charity, which works with pupils to encourage them to take science and technology subjects.  She has also worked on public-private education partnerships in Uganda, Pakistan and India for Ark, and as an external reviewer for TeachFirst education charity.


Mrs Morgan states that she chose Ms Spielman due to her “evidence-based” approach, her system-level thinking and her clear commitment to raising standards.”


Aspire Training Team is rated by Ofsted as Outstanding in our delivery of apprenticeships and training, regularly bringing in higher results than the national average.  We work with young people and employers across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset in specialist apprenticeship areas, including childcare, health & social care and business administration.  If you have any queries about becoming or hiring an apprentice you can contact the team on 01202 551553 or email



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