Last Wednesday, Amanda Spielman, HMCI, delivered the annual @SotonEd lecture. This was followed by a really interesting panel discussion with Amanda, erstwhile colleague Daniel Muijs – now seduced by the dark side – and HMI and SE Regional Director, Chris Russell.
Amanda Spielman is a refreshing change from Michael Wilshaw, who seemed to think that if only all school leaders and teachers were even half as capable as him, every school would be Outstanding. Remarkable, isn’t it, how few very successful people can see that a different sequence of events would have left them looking on with irritation as someone else peddled that line. I think we are lucky to have someone as HMCI with an open mind and no sign of hubris.
She has certainly been on a bit of a (very welcome) mission to talk to a wide range of teachers and others involved in the school system…
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