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A conversation with Sir Martyn Oliver

Watch the conversation with Prof. Dame Alison Peacock and  Sir Martyn Oliver as part of Ofsted’s Big Listen campaign.

Questions were submitted ahead of time by members. The event was for Members of the Chartered College of Teaching only.


Sir Martyn Oliver started as His Majesty’s Chief Inspector at the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in January 2024. He has worked in education since 1995 starting as a teacher and joined Outward Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) in 2009 where he became Principal of Outwood Grange Academy and then a National Leader of Education (NLE). In 2016, Sir Martyn was appointed Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for OGAT, a role he held until he started as His Majesty’s Chief Inspector. Sir Martyn has also previously held Trustee positions for the Office for Students (OfS), Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Confederation of Schools Trusts (CST) and for the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), was a board member of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Opportunity North East and has advised both the government and the DfE on a number of groups.

His Majesty’s Chief Inspector

His Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) is statutorily responsible for Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory work. He is able to draw on the full range of our inspection findings to report on the quality of education, children’s services and skills, locally and nationally. He is responsible to both the Ofsted Board and to Parliament for the organisation, staffing and management of Ofsted, and for ensuring the efficient and effective use of our resources.


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