The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has today (10 June 2016) recommended Amanda Spielman for the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
Even though she has not worked as a teacher before and spent much of her career in corporate finance, Ms Spielman has been chosen as the preferred candidate because of her impressive breadth of experience across the education sector and her proven commitment to raising standards for children and young people.
She co-founded ARK schools, one of the most successful academy chains in the country, which has transformed some of the most underperforming schools in the country. Since 2011, she has been Chair of the exam board regulator Ofqual, overseeing a significant and ambitious reform agenda which sees the introduction of an entirely new, more rigorous suite of A levels and GCSEs.
She is also a trustee of STEMNET, a network which works with thousands of schools, colleges and employers to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.