Annal Nayyar blogs on Trojan Horse: ‘Minds changed’ over no-notice school inspections

The head of Ofsted has said “minds have been changed” over his suggestion for no-notice school inspections, which is now expected to go ahead.

Sir Michael Wilshaw pointed out that the proposal was shelved by Education Secretary Michael Gove two years ago.

But he said it was revived after “a robust discussion” amid concerns about an Islamist takeover in Birmingham schools: the “Trojan Horse” claims.

Government sources said both men had agreed to put off the idea in 2012.

The Ofsted chief told the BBC’s Newsnight that when he had previously suggested unannounced inspections in January 2012, Mr Gove said he wanted to listen to head teachers about the need for “a preliminary dialogue with the inspectors about how the inspection should be conducted”.

Sir Michael said he was “really pleased that minds have been changed” and that head teachers would now have just a few hours before inspectors arrive in future.

Senior sources in the Department for Education said Sir Michael was “mis-remembering” events, BBC political correspondent Norman Smith said,

They say both Sir Michael and Mr Gove discussed the idea two years ago but jointly agreed not to proceed with snap inspections because of opposition from some of the teaching unions.

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