Leadership in Schools

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 10th February 2014.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton 2:30 pm, 10th February 2014

What recent discussions he has had with the head of Ofsted on leadership in schools.

Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove The Secretary of State for Education

Leadership and management are integral to the success of a school and, as such, feature regularly in my discussions with Her Majesty’s chief inspector.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

What was it that brought the Secretary of State to the view that it was time to “refresh” the person in charge of Ofsted, Baroness Morgan, and to bring in a fresh perspective? What specifically concerned him about performance on school improvement to lead him to that conclusion?

Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove The Secretary of State for Education

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving me an opportunity to do in this House what I have done on other platforms and underline my debt to Baroness Morgan, who has led the Ofsted board in a superlative fashion. However, it is good corporate practice to ensure that the chair of any body—whether the Surrey Heath Conservative association or Ofsted—is refreshed from time to time.

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I couldn't agree more. it is a pity the Labour party in Halton, Appleton, kingsway and Riverside Ward didn't think the same??

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