Michael Wilshaw

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Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael Wilshaw HMCI.jpg
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills
In office
1 January 2012 – 30 December 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
MinisterMichael Gove
Nicky Morgan
Justine Greening
Preceded byChristine Gilbert
Succeeded byAmanda Spielman

Sir Michael Wilshaw (born 3 August 1946) was the Chief Inspector of Schools In England and head of Ofsted from 2012 until 2016.[1]


The son of a postman, Wilshaw grew up in a Roman Catholic household in south London in the 1950s. He went to Clapham College, a south London grammar school, and then St Mary's teacher training college in Twickenham. He later took a part-time History degree at Birkbeck College while teaching in various London schools. At the age of 39 he was appointed head teacher of St Bonaventure's Catholic School, also known informally as St. Bon's, in Forest Gate, London. Whilst there, he was knighted in the New Year Honours for 2000 "for services to education".[2][3]

In 2003, Wilshaw was appointed executive principal of Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney in London.[4]

In November 2011, Wilshaw was announced as the successor to Christine Gilbert.[3] He took up his five-year term from 1 January 2012.[5] In 2015, Wilshaw was paid a salary of between £195,000 and £199,999 by Oftsed, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[6]

Speaking on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in the wake of the GCSE English results controversy in August 2012, Wilshaw said the row was a "really good opportunity" to examine whether examinations were "rigorous enough", adding that "Two-thirds of our schools are good or better. We have got a third of schools, 6,000 schools, that are not good, that are satisfactory and below. We have to make sure that schools know they have got to get to good soon as possible. We have given them a prescribed period of time, up to four years, in which to get to good."[7]

From 1st January 2017 Wilshaw has been a board member of the Education Policy Institute, a Westminster-based research institute.[8]

Offices held[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Christine Gilbert
Chief Inspector at Ofsted
2012 – 2016
Succeeded by
Amanda Spielman


  1. ^ "Sir Michael Wilshaw - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 55710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1999. pp. 1–2.
  3. ^ a b Fowler, Rebecca (2 November 2011). "How the hero of Hackney aims to save our schools". The Daily Telegraph. p. 29. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ ‘WILSHAW, Sir Michael (Norman)’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 [1], accessed 31 May 2012
  5. ^ Shepherd, Jessica; correspondent, education (14 October 2011). "Sir Michael Wilshaw to be new Ofsted chief". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  7. ^ "GCSEs should be overhauled, Ofsted's Sir Michael Wilshaw says". BBC News. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Sir Michael Wilshaw - Education Policy Institute". epi.org.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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