The government is now searching for a new chair of Ofsted, the UK schools inspectorate, after the current chair resigned at the end of the summer. Sir David Hoare stood down weeks after making comments at a TeachFirst conference in July this year, saying that the Isle of Wight was a “ghetto” where “there has been inbreeding”. He elected to step aside following a meeting with the education secretary Justine Greening, despite being backed by Ofsted’s board to remain in the post.
The post is now advertised as a three year contract, paying up to £46,800 a year for two days work a week, SchoolsWeek is reporting.
The Department for Education is said to be looking for “an outstanding individual” with leadership and board-level governance experience, who understands the challenges faced by Ofsted and has “excellent judgement and sensitivity”.
Applicants are also required to prove they can work organisational miracles on shoestring budget, what the DfE calls the ability to make “significant achievements…in difficult financial circumstances”.
Schools Week revealed in June that Ofsted has to save £31.5 million over the next four years, something outgoing chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said would be challenging and require “significant change”.
Ofsted will have two new figures at its helm next year.
Ofsted is already set to get a new chief inspector next year in the form of Amanda Spielman, the controversial figure whose appointment was nearly dashed by a Commons vote, though that was overturned by the Privy Council.
Spielman, who is a former chair of Ofqual, will take the helm in January 2017. She is credited with setting up the Ark academy trust, and is said to be drafting in Amy Finch, currently head of education at think tank Reform, to be her private secretary.
Applications for the new Ofsted chair, close on November 21. Interviews will be held in December.