Amanda Spielman continues as Ofsted Chief Inspector – Friday 28 May 2021

This week I report on Amanda Spielman continuing as Ofsted Chief Inspector and the DfE is considering producing a Queen’s platinum jubilee book for primary school children

Amanda Spielman to continue as Ofsted Chief Inspector
The Education Secretary has today confirmed the reappointment of Amanda Spielman as Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI) for a new term of two years.

The new term will commence on 1 January 2022, at the point the Chief Inspector’s initial five-year term concludes and will run until 31 December 2023.

The reappointment was confirmed by the Privy Council, following an appointment process conducted in line with the requirements set by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The Education Secretary and Chief Inspector will work closely together to support the early years, schools, colleges and children’s services as they support children to recover from the impact of the pandemic. Ofsted inspections are expected to resume in full across all settings from September 2021, while remaining sensitive to the context of the pandemic.

DfE considers producing Queen’s platinum jubilee book for primary schools
The DfE is considering paying for the production of a commemorative book marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee that it can send out to every primary school child in the UK.

In an early engagement notice, published earlier this week, the DfE said it was notifying the market of its intention to run a procurement to produce the commemorative book for primary school children by May 2022.

As part of this tender, or as a separate contract, the DfE also wants to commission resources for primary and secondary school teachers to “assist them in delivering a lesson and/or assembly on the Queen and her reign” in the run-up to jubilee celebrations.

Next year will mark the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch, the first time any British monarch has reached this milestone.