Wilshaw: 'I decided not to introduce no-notice checks'

Sir Michael Wilshaw has issued a statement clarifying that it was he, not Michael Gove, who took the decision not to introduce no-notice Ofsted inspections in schools.

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The head of the schools watchdog said: "When I first became chief inspector in early 2012, I set out plans to introduce no-notice inspections for all schools as part of a wider package of reforms to improve the inspection system.

"As a result of representations I received from headteachers and others during the consultation, I decided to move instead from two days' notice to much shorter half-day notice inspections from September 2012."

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