New Ofsted chief fires broadside at Brexit and grammars as she dismisses plans for new schools as a 'distraction'
Amanda Spielman said school improvement could be sidelined by Brexit debate
.The comments will be a blow to Theresa May as she negotiates Britain's EU exit
.Prime Minister is also planning a wave of new grammars in the neediest areas
.Government believes such schools could improve chances of the working-class.The new chief of Ofsted yesterday dismissed plans for grammar schools as a ‘distraction’ and voiced fears over the ‘national preoccupation’ with Brexit.
In her first interview since taking up the post as chief inspector of schools in England, Amanda Spielman said efforts to boost school improvement could be sidelined by political debates over the EU and selective education.
The comments will be a blow to Theresa May, who is grappling with negotiations to leave the EU and signalled this week that the UK would pull out of the single market.