Thomas Bridge 31 July 2014

Government appoints new Ofsted chair

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A trustee of the UK’s largest academy chain group has been appointed as the new chair of Ofsted.

David Hoare will take up the post in September, replacing Baroness Sally Morgan who has held the role since 2011.

Hoare was appointed as trustee of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) earlier this year in a bid to improve standards in their schools. He has also worked as an academies ambassador for the Department for Education.

The position of Ofsted chair became vacant in February, after ministers failed to renew Lady Morgan’s contract.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: ‘I am delighted to appoint David to this important role. He is a proven business leader who has the expertise in leadership and governance crucial to helping Ofsted through a significant period of change and reform.

‘He is also passionate about education and his work with academies across the country shows he shares my commitment to ever higher standards in our schools, for all children but particularly the most disadvantaged.’

David Hoare said: ‘I am very happy to be taking up this appointment. I look forward to working closely with Sir Michael Wilshaw to raise quality in children’s services and standards in our schools and colleges - especially for disadvantaged pupils.’

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