Baroness Morgan to head Ofsted

Baroness Sally Morgan has been appointed as the new chair of Ofsted,  succeeding Zenna Atkins, who left the watchdog at the end of August last year.  Sally Morgan also sits on the advisory committee of the Institute of Education, and is chair of the Morgan Inquiry, which aims to encourage 18- to 24-year-olds to volunteer. A former teacher,  she has also been an adviser to the global board of children’s charity Ark since 2005.

Morgan said: “I am delighted to be taking up this post. Ofsted has a crucial role to play in the drive to raise standards, especially for disadvantaged students. Teachers, parents, pupils, the local community and the government all need to be able to rely on the assessment of a school’s performance. Above all, they want to be confident about the quality of teaching and leadership — the bedrock of all successful schools.”