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Priorities for the new HMCI

As the new HMCI settles into her Ofsted role, Suzanne O’Connell considers the legacy of the role of chief inspector and what the first indications suggest about Amanda Spielman’s leadership and education priorities

During the last five years Sir Michael Wilshaw as HMCI has not endeared himself to many headteachers. He has been perhaps the most visible and vocal leader of the inspection service. On occasions his comments have irritated even the most compliant of heads. However, he has also managed to find sympathisers during his tenure and seemed to increasingly challenge ministers and the government towards the end of his reign.

But whoever takes on the title must know that it is unlikely to win them popularity. Established in 1992, Ofsted inspection has become the beacon and burden of school improvement and its chief has rarely been fondly remembered.

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