David Hoare, Ofsted chair who described Isle of Wight as an 'inbred, poor, white ghetto' resigns

23rd August 2016 at 10:27
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David Hoare quits following mounting pressure over comments revealed by TES

David Hoare has stepped down from his position as the chair of Ofsted.

The former City businessman was under increasing pressure to consider his role at the inspectorate after TES revealed this month that he had described the Isle of Wight as a “ghetto” that suffered from “inbreeding”.

TES understands that a number of senior figures at the watchdog were also unhappy with Mr Hoare’s comments that he “particularly did not want a teacher” to become the next chief inspector.

Amanda Spielman, the current chair of Ofqual, who has no teaching experience, was approved to take over the top job at Ofsted last month and will replace Sir Michael Wilshaw next year.

The search for a successor

In a statement released via Ofsted this morning, Mr Hoare said he would be stepping down with immediate effect.

“It has been a great privilege to chair the Ofsted board for the past two years. I am pleased that the organisation now has an excellent board in place, with expertise across all of our remit areas, including early years and further education,” Mr Hoare said.

“I am also pleased that Ofsted has recruited a strong new chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, who is due to take over from Sir Michael in January.

“We have also been able to agree the strategic priorities for Ofsted, focusing on improving the life chances for the disadvantaged children of our country. I will miss working with an excellent team, making a real difference.”

James Kempton, a senior non-executive board member, has agreed to take on the role of chair on an interim basis.

Education secretary Justine Greening will now start the process of appointing a permanent successor to Mr Hoare.

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