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Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw has said he has been assured by the Education Secretary Michael Gove that there are no briefings against Ofsted from his department and anticipates this is the end of the matter.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has said in a statement that anyone working for him that attempts to undermine the position of the chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, would be instantly dismissed.
His comments come as Sir Wilshaw said in a newspaper interview that he is "spitting blood" over attacks on Ofsted by two right-wing think tanks.
Shadow Education Secretary Tristam Hunt has urged Michael Gove not to become involved in a smear campaign against Ofsted.
The head of the right-wing think tank Civitas has said that any suggestion the Education Secretary Michael Gove is directing criticism of Ofsted is misguided:
The chief inspector of schools has said he is "spitting blood" over right-wing attacks on Ofsted.
Sir Michael Wilshaw told The Sunday Times that education secretary Michael Gove risked damaging school standards by undermining his authority and attacking Ofsted's ideology.
It comes after reports that right-wing think tank Civitas has urged the Government to create a new body to inspect free schools and academies.
While the Policy Exchange think tank, which Mr Gove set up in 2002, is calling for evidence from schools about whether the school inspection body is "fit for purpose".
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The shadow education secretary has weighed into the row between the Department for Education and the chief inspector of schools.