Ofsted chief asked for greater powers to check for abuse in private schools

Exclusive: Amanda Spielman’s request over ‘potential safeguarding issues’ was ignored by ministers

The chief inspector of schools in England asked for greater powers to monitor independent schools over “potential safeguarding issues”, but was ignored by ministers, the Guardian can reveal.

Despite concerns raised by Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, the body was later stripped of its role in overseeing the inspections of private schools now engulfed by a wave of sexual assault allegations.

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