Further Education: Inspections

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of full-time Ofsted inspectors who inspect further education or sixth form colleges have worked as a principal or deputy principal in a further education or sixth form college in the last three years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

This question is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written to my hon. Friend, and a copy of his response has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, dated 25 June 2012

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.

‘Full-time Ofsted inspectors’ is taken to mean Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). Ofsted has not recruited new HMI for over three years, therefore none of the Ofsted full-time inspectors who inspect further education or sixth form colleges have worked as a principal or deputy principal in a further education or sixth form college in the last three years.

However, there are 40 HMI who lead the inspection of colleges, including sixth form colleges, on a regular basis. Of these, 4 are former principals, 11 former deputy/vice principals and 19/are former college senior managers.

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