John Dunford

Sir Michael bows out as a true pupils’ champion

With Ofsted’s chief inspector preparing to step down at the turn of the year, one veteran educationalist finds much to praise in his five years at the regulator’s helm

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech at the launch of his fifth and final annual report provided a timely opportunity to take stock of the progress of the education system in England – and of Ofsted itself – over his term of office.

Both in his speech on 1 December and in the report, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of schools and children’s services showed all the qualities for which he has become nationally known since he took up the role in 2011: an uncompromising focus on raising standards of education; giving praise where it is due; criticising both the government and the teaching profession, where ...

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