Ofsted

Sir Michael Wilshaw, where are these illegal schools run by the ‘Jewish community’?

18 May 2016 13:21

Apparently, there are secret Jewish schools in Britain where children are taught nothing but the Jewish faith, where they are…

The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job?

2 July 2015 16:32

Sir Michael Wilshaw may have been in charge of Ofsted since January 2012 — he is arguably the most important educationalist in the…

E.G. West showed a way for ‘free schools’ to be truly free

27 February 2015 16:24

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, has announced the closure of the Durham Free School, following scandalously one-sided Ofsted reporting…

Could this be the solution to the Durham Free School dilemma?

6 February 2015 19:32

A highly respected academic has stepped forward pointing education ministers towards a potentially face-saving solution to the Durham Free School…

Will Nicky Morgan admit she may have been wrong about Durham Free School?

4 February 2015 12:49

The education secretary gave Durham Free School (DFS) until 3 February to make representations showing why it should not have its…

Oftsed’s campaign against Christian schools: now Gove is gone, the Blob is back

25 January 2015 11:50

When Ofsted inspectors allegedy asked primary-age girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians did in…

Has Ofsted’s Michael Wilshaw really gone rogue?

10 December 2014 10:56

Another preview from the Spectator Christmas special: Dennis Sewell looks at Ofsted and argues that the Chief Inspector of Schools must revamp his…

We’re too frightened of appearing ‘racist’ to have a debate about immigration

22 November 2014 12:56

A rather typical 24 hours in the life of modern Britain.  Everyone does another round of ‘we need to be…

How should we respond to events in Birmingham?

13 June 2014 17:25

As metaphors go, calling the alleged plot to take over schools in Birmingham a ‘Trojan Horse’ is a pretty powerful…

Gove wins spat with Wilshaw over no-notice inspections

10 June 2014 15:22

After a rather strange interview with Newsnight in which the Ofsted chief argued that Michael Gove had blocked no-notice inspections…

Five things you need to know about Ofsted’s ‘Trojan Horse’ report

9 June 2014 16:27

Ofsted’s report into the 21 Birmingham schools involved in the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ plot has been released (pdf) and it…

Free schools are revolutionising state education

14 May 2014 11:00

The last few days have been immensely frustrating for students, teachers and parents involved with free schools, because, yet again,…

I’m exposing Clegg’s gimmicks to stop him interfering with schools

15 March 2014 10:51

Simon Jenkins has written a bizarre piece in the Evening Standard. As well as answering that, I’ll explain a few…

How to repair a free school – the next stage of Michael Gove’s reforms

28 February 2014 15:36

Any government can set out on a journey of reform – the question is whether they can stay on course…

Imagine the uproar if a Tory minister proposed a “do-it-yourself” NHS?

3 February 2014 9:25

Consider these two stories. In the first the government approves new proposals to overhaul hospital outpatient care. For once there…

Michael Gove and David Cameron hold a meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, who today criticised the way some local authorities handle underperforming schools. Picture: Getty

Ofsted vs English education

26 January 2014 21:05

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, believes that supporters of Michael Gove are running a ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against…

Free schools become deeper entrenched in the education system

1 August 2013 8:08

Michael Gove’s team is cock-a-hoop about the performance of free schools in the latest round of Oftsed reports. Of the…

Michael Gove is vindicated by Ofsted – our brightest kids are being let down

13 June 2013 16:45

Ofsted has provided an independent boost for Michael Gove today. Just days after his plans to toughen up GCSEs were…

Michael Gove and David Cameron hold a meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, who today criticised the way some local authorities handle underperforming schools. Picture: Getty

How will Michael Gove respond to Ofsted’s attack on councils?

27 November 2012 8:51

Ofsted’s annual report, due out later today, will launch a scathing attack on those responsible for underperforming schools. But rather…

David Laws has previously said it would be 'unwise' to rule out profit-making schools. Picture: Getty.

The pupil premium and profit-making schools could be a winning combination

20 September 2012 12:35

Ask any Liberal Democrat what their party has achieved in government, and the answer will involve the words ‘pupil premium’.…