Call for law change to allow inspection of academy chains

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of Ofsted – Chief Inspector of Schools, has told the House of Commons education select committee that a change in the law is necessary to allow inspection of academy and free school chains.

According to Sir Michael, Ofsted does not have powers to inspect the management of academy and free school chains, only the schools run by those chains.  He told the committee that Ofsted should be given additional powers to inspect and grade the management of the chains, as it does with local authorities.

However, the education secretary Nicky Morgan dismissed Sir Michael's request, claiming that Ofsted already had sufficient powers, adding: “I am not in the business of passing legislation for powers that already exist.”

The education select committee has asked Nicky Morgan to write to Ofsted to officially clarify the position.

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