School leaders will have the chance to work for Ofsted for a year under a new secondment programme announced by Amanda Spielman.
Ofsted’s Chief Inspector revealed the plans on Saturday at the school and college leaders at the annual ASCL conference in Birmingham.
The new programme will allow Ofsted to gain expertise from middle leaders and up-to-date experiences of running a school, Mrs Spielman said.
“I’ve spoken a lot about the importance of collaboration and discussion on inspection. And what makes that possible is the shared experiences of inspectors and school leaders,” she said. “Ofsted is part of the education system, not separate from it.”
Under the new programme, subject leads and heads of department, known as middle leaders, will get access to Ofsted training and development and gain insight into what different types of schools are doing.
“Many of our inspectors are serving school leaders, and we plan to start a secondment programme early next year to involve even more of them,” she said. “Our plan is for one-year secondments to Ofsted for middle leaders. They will get access to our training and development, and through inspection gain insight into what all different types of schools are doing.”