#033 – Amanda Spielman – Ofsted. Implementing change. (New education inspection framework)

14th May 2019

In this episode, Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Ofsted, chats to Anna Trethewey and Iesha Small of LKMco as they quiz her on her time at Ofsted and the lessons she has learnt on her journey to become HMCI.

In this episode Amanda, Iesha and Anna discuss:

  • How to affect change on a large scale, particularly in light of the launch of the new framework
  • The importance of listening to the sector and how to identify the difference between noise versus healthy criticism
  • How she goes about planning ideas before they go public and why a good essay goes a long way
  • Why Amanda likes talking to edu bloggers and why she’s never blogged herself
  • How Amanda sees Ofsted as the flip side of the autonomy that schools in England enjoy
  • The need for both internal and external consultation pieces when implementing a change as big as the new inspection framework
  • The internal culture of Ofsted and what it’s like to take on a large organisation like Ofsted
  • The advice she would give her younger self and her journey to becoming HMCI: “If I were a man, I wouldn’t have thought twice”
  • What she does to unwind at the end of a long week

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Music credits:

‘Oui’ by Simon Mathewson and ‘Jump for joy’ by Scott Holmes both from http://freemusicarchive.org

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