Failed headteachers 'recruited by Ofsted to inspect schools'
Former failing headteachers have been recruited by Ofsted to inspect schools, it was reported today.
Governors and ex-school secretaries have also taken on the job of Ofsted inspector despite never teaching a class, according to an investigation by BBC's File on 4 programme.
Ofsted's chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw admitted that the watchdog uses some inspectors to look at areas other than teaching, but added that if there are inspectors who have failed as heads, or never taught, then that needs to be dealt with.
It comes amid an increasing number of complaints from schools about inspections since changes to the regime were introduced in January.
At least two former heads who were forced out of schools that were declared as failing are currently working as inspectors, the programme reported.
And Baroness Perry of Southwark, who was chief inspector of schools during the 1980s, told the BBC she had concerns about the experience of some inspectors.
Read more ... (The Independent - 26 June)
Some 'failing heads' employed as Ofsted inspectors - (BBC News - 26 June)