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Thursday, 16 November, 2000, 13:03 GMT
New head of Ofsted confirmed
Mike Tomlinson
Mike Tomlinson CBE: the new face of Ofsted
Chris Woodhead's deputy, Mike Tomlinson, has been confirmed as the new chief inspector of schools in England for the next year.

Mr Tomlinson, who was named acting chief inspector when Mr Woodhead announced his resignation earlier this month, will take over on 1 December when Mr Woodhead leaves.

Chris Woodhead
The appointment follows Chris Woodhead's resignation
Mr Tomlinson said he was "honoured" to take up the post as head of the Office for Standards in Education.

"I believe that Ofsted's work in external inspection has been and will continue to be a major contribution to the drive by headteachers, teachers and governors to provide the best education for all pupils," he said.

Union welcome

Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers welcomed the appointment.

"He is more down-to-earth and treats people as equals, which I don't think his predecessor did.

"I look forward to a more constructive relationship with Ofsted than perhaps we had in the past."

General secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Doug McAvoy said he hoped the appointment would lead to a "change of ethos at Ofsted".

Curriculum vitae

Mr Tomlinson was born in October 1942 and educated in Rotherham and Bournemouth.

He studied chemistry at Durham University and obtained his PGCE at Nottingham University.

He taught in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire between 1965 and 1977.

In 1977 he spent time as ICI's schools/industry liaison officer.

A low-key figure, Mr Tomlinson headed the team which inspected the troubled Ridings School in 1996, when it was named the worst in England.

He has been a member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate since 1978 and has been a senior figure in Ofsted since it was established in September 1992.

His first post was that of deputy director of inspection and - from 1995 - he was one of two directors of inspection.

Mr Tomlinson has been involved in restoring the education system in Kuwait after the Gulf War and has helped develop a school inspection strategy in China and Mexico.

He was awarded the CBE in June 1997.

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