This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Maurice Smith, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.
Letter from Maurice Smith, dated 21 June 2006:
Your recent parliamentary question has been referred to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of schools, for reply.
You asked what proportion of school inspectors in the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted) worked in a school prior to their joining Ofsted.
In response, the information requested is not held centrally. However, an analysis of the career history of the HMI appointed since September 2003 shows that 85 per cent had worked in a school prior to joining Ofsted.
Our analysis demonstrated that since September 2003:
113 HMI had worked in a school prior to joining Ofsted;
17 HMI had worked in a college; and
3 HMI had worked for local authorities and did not have teaching posts in schools/colleges listed in their CVs.
A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight and will be placed in the library of both Houses.