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Amanda Spielman appointed as next Ofsted Chief Inspector

Amanda Spielman has been appointed as Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI). Ms. Spielman will take over Sir Michael Wilshaw when his term of appointment ends in December 2016.

The appointment has been confirmed by the Privy Council. Previously chief regulator and chair at exam regulatory body Ofqual, Ms. Spielman was also part of the ARK education charity’s founding management team in 2005. Prior to this she worked for more than 15 years in corporate finance, corporate strategy and business planning

Victoria Flint, Director of Communications, Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) says:

“PACEY welcomes the appointment of Amanda Spielman as Ofsted’s Chief Inspector. With the quality of early years provision the best it has ever been, Ms. Spielman has an opportunity to build on the significant progress that has been made and ensure that early years remains a continued focus for the inspectorate.

“Bringing early years inspections in-house is a major step forward; however, there is still a need to make the inspection regime more consistent across different types of providers. For example, fast-tracked inspections must be made available for all providers with a ‘requires improvement’ grade, not just nurseries. We also call on the new Chief Inspector to address, as quickly as possible, the growing problem of unreasonably long waiting times for initial registration that is a major barrier for new early years providers. Finally, it is crucial that Ofsted continues to shine a light on the problem of lower quality provision in deprived areas, and work with the Government and the early years sector to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to the highest quality possible early education and childcare.”