17th February 2016

A new head of Ofsted could be recruited from abroad, possibly America, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

New York City’s schools watchdog and three bosses of American charter schools —are expected to be sounded out about the job.

The overseas replacement would take over from Sir Michael Wilshaw, who will stand down in December.

The newspaper reported that there is enthusiasm for a non-British recruit is shared in Downing Street and the Department for Education. It suggested Dave Levin, co-founder of the KIPP public charter group which set up a network of 183 high-performing schools.

The Sunday Times said Mr Levin is highly regarded by Rachel Wolf, David Cameron’s Downing Street education adviser. Others likely to be approached include:

  • Doug Lemov, who runs Uncommon Schools, a chain of charter schools in New York
  • Eva Moskowitz, chief executive of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York and an advocate of parental choice.
  • Joel Klein, who as chancellor of the New York schools district.

School leaders in northern Europe and Canada, as well as Britain, will also be considered.

The newspaper said British candidates include Amanda Spielman, chairwoman of Ofqual; Sir Daniel Moynihan, who runs the Harris Federation chain of academies; Dame Sally Coates, who is conducting a government review of education in prisons;Tim Coulson, regional schools commissioner for the east of England and north- east; and Dame Alison Peacock, executive head teacher of Wroxham School in Hertfordshire, which was in special measures when she started and is now rated outstanding by Ofsted. She is a trustee of Teach First.

Read more on the TES website.

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