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
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.