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Labour peer to chair Ofsted

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Baroness Morgan of Huyton has been named as the new chairman of schools and children’s services watchdog Ofsted.

Schools secretary Michael Gove said he expected the former cabinet office minister and political secretary to Tony Blair to ensure the organisation focused on school improvement.

Baroness Morgan is a qualified teacher, a school governor, an adviser to the global board of children’s charity ARK, and chairs the Morgan Inquiry to encourage 18 to 24 year olds to volunteer.

Mr Gove said he was delighted to appoint her to replace Zenna Atkins, who stepped down as Ofsted chair last year.

“Sally is a hugely talented individual whose passion is improving education,” he said.

“She will ensure Ofsted focuses on improving our schools so we can match the world’s best, and will help us make opportunity more equal for the poorest.”

Baroness Morgan was created a life peer in 2001. She is due to commence her Ofsted role on 1 March.

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