Chair of Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills)

Body: Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills)
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Bi-monthly board meetings usually take place in London; other events throughout the year accross the country.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £46,800 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Dame Christine Ryan has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Her appointment will begin on 1 August 2020 and will be for a period of 3 years.

Remuneration is £46,800 per annum for an estimated time commitment of 2 days per week. Dame Christine has not declared any conflicts of interests or political activity.

Ofsted is a non-ministerial department that inspects services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. It also inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people. The appointment is made by the Secretary of State for Education.

Date: 13/07/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/04/2020 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week beginning 20th April 2020

  • Candidates informed of outcome of applications

    Early May 2020

  • Final Interview Date

    Week beginning 18th May 2020

  • Announcement

    Week beginning 13th July 2020


Assessment Panel

  • Kate Dixon, Added 13/03/2020

    Panel Chair

    Director School Quality and Safeguarding • Departmental Official

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  • Ian Ferguson Added 13/03/2020

    Non-Executive-Director, Department for Education • Other Panel Member

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  • Amerdeep Somal Added 13/03/2020

    Independent Assessor for the Financial Ombudsman Service and a Council member and Audit Committee member of Nottingham Trent University, Independent Public Appointments Assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and Judge of the First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber. • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Sir Simon Burns Added 13/03/2020

    Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Education is seeking a new Chair for Ofsted’s non-executive Board of Directors, to support and appropriately challenge the organisation as it continues its drive to improve educational outcomes for children and young people and the quality of children’s social care services.

The Chair leads the Board in discharging its statutory responsibilities, which are to:

  • set strategic priorities for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) in connection with the performance of her functions;
  • set strategic objectives and targets relating to such priorities; and
  • ensure that HMCI’s functions are performed efficiently and effectively.


The Chair has particular responsibility for providing effective leadership, in partnership with Ofsted’s senior executive team, on matters such as:

  • formulating the Board’s strategy for discharging its statutory duties in line with Government policy;
  • monitoring the strategic performance of the organisation, ensuring that it delivers services in line with relevant Government policy, and the targets and standards set by the Board and HMCI;
  • encouraging high standards of propriety;
  • representing the views of the Board internally within Ofsted;
  • making recommendations to the Secretary of State for the appointment of new Board members/reappointments where needed and providing for the induction, training, objective setting and assessment of individual Board members; and
  • advice to the Secretary of State for Education on the performance of HMCI’s functions, on behalf of the Board.


Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. If applicant numbers are excessive, preliminary sifting will be done using only the first criteria.

In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post (max 300 words per criteria – if this is exceeded only the first 300 words will be considered).

 Essential criteria 

  • The ability to think strategically and to lead strategic development in different contexts.
  • Experience of working at the most senior levels and evidence of the ability to work with and in the public, voluntary or private sectors.
  • A good communicator with the ability to build relationships, provide appropriate challenge and gain respect and keep confidence of key stakeholders, including ministers and senior government officials.
  • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of at least one of the sectors in which Ofsted acts as an inspectorate and regulator, and/or experience of inspection and/or regulatory activity.
  • A sound understanding of, and commitment to, equal opportunities for all and the principles of public life.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 6th April 11.00am.

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  1. A CV.
  2. Candidate application form – you will need to demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the essential criteria (max 300 words per criteria – if this is exceeded only the first 300 words will be considered). Please note that if applicant numbers are excessive, preliminary sifting will be done using only the first criteria.
  3. Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:

Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.



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