New Ofsted chair unveiled

New Ofsted chair unveiled

A former university vice-chancellor has been appointed as the new chair of education watchdog Ofsted.

Professor Julius Weinberg will replace the current interim chair James Kempton, education secretary Justine Greening announced today.

She said Professor Weinberg, who will now step down from his current role as Ofqual’s deputy chair, brings a “wide range of experience from organisations in the education sector” and can form a “strong partnership” with chief inspector Amanda Spielman.

Ms Spielman said Professor Weinberg’s experience touches on the “full range of Ofsted’s responsibilities and I know he will be a tremendous asset to the organisation”.

As well as his Ofqual role, Professor Weinberg (pictured right) has served as a board member for various university organisations, including the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, and London Higher.

Professor Weinberg said: “I am honoured to be asked to take on the role of Chair of Ofsted and look forward to working with Ofsted in its important work of raising standards and improving the lives of children and young people.”

He fills the role vacated by David Hoare, who resigned following a backlash over controversial comments he made to teachers about the Isle of Wight.

He resigned in August last year after comments the Isle of Wight was a “ghetto” where “there has been inbreeding” at a TeachFirst conference in July.

Despite being backed by Ofsted’s board, which said Mr Hoare had made a “swift and unreserved apology”, he stood down a day after a meeting with Ms Greening.

According to earlier job adverts, the role pays up to £46,800 a year for two days’ work a week.

It means Ofsted now has two relatively new figures at the helm. Ms Spielman took over from Sir Michael Wilshaw as chief inspector in January.