Sally Morgan to continue as Ark adviser while running Ofsted

Susanna Rustin's picture
Here's a link to a piece in the TES about Sally Morgan - who plans to continue as an adviser to Ark while also becoming head of Ofsted...
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Sat, 19/02/2011 - 01:46

She's also an advisor for the New Schools Network and Future Leaders, and a Director of Carphone Warehouse. I have also heard it alleged that her children go to private school.

This is a list of her current jobs from the Parliament website:

1: Directorships
Non-executive Director, Carphone Warehouse

Non-executive Director, Southern Cross Healthcare Group plc
2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Adviser, Board of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids; charity)

Member, Advisory Committee, Board of Virgin Group Holdings Ltd (holding company)

10: Non-financial interests (b)
Board, Olympic Delivery Authority

10: Non-financial interests (e)
Chair, Future Leaders (headteacher training; charity)

Member, Advisory Board of Centre for Human Rights, Institute of Education, University of London

Trustee, Mayor's Fund for London

Board Member, Teaching Leaders (middle school leaders' training)

Adviser, New Schools Network

Janet Downs's picture
Sat, 19/02/2011 - 09:39

There is a serious conflict of interest here. I agree with the NASUWT: the head of OFSTED needs to be impartial. How can we trust the judgement of someone who has a vested interest in the expansion of Academies and supports the establishment of free schools?

Francis Gilbert's picture
Sat, 19/02/2011 - 10:03

I think what it will mean is that the school inspectorate will obviously be more favourably disposed towards Academies and Free Schools; the message won't even have to be disseminated amongst the ranks, the inspectors will know that if they want to go up the career ladder, they'll do jolly well by praising Academies and Free Schools, and turning their firepower on LA schools. This is obviously Gove's intention. He's clearly worried that with an impartial head of Ofsted, there might be some unfavourable reports about Academies and Free Schools -- something he could do without.

Andrew Nadin's picture
Sat, 19/02/2011 - 10:38

Is anyone surprised?

Janet Downs's picture
Sat, 19/02/2011 - 10:38

Baroness Morgan was warned about her behaviour by the Lords standards watchdog in 2010: "Lady Morgan's understanding of the [peer’s] code of conduct was imperfect.
"She was wrong to suggest that she could speak in debates related to her clients' interests if she had been providing those clients with parliamentary advice; and wrong to suggest that she could in any circumstances approach ministers, special advisers or civil servants for anything other than information.

"All members should have a better understanding of the rules than that which Lady Morgan exhibited."

Let’s hope Baroness Morgan has learned her lesson and not just with regard to OFSTED. She is a member of the advisory board of Lloyds Pharmacy Limited and director of Southern Cross Healthcare at a time when the Government is planning major NHS restructuring. This Financial Times article makes it clear that Southern Cross Healthcare sees an opportunity in the NHS reforms: “the government has been receptive to the idea of outsourcing some traditional NHS responsibilities to the likes of Southern Cross”.

Caz's picture
Sat, 16/06/2012 - 03:34

ARK is linked to the Dutroux Scandal, and Sally Morgan's husband John Lyons is linked to Liberty (NCCL), an affiliate of PIE (Paedophile Information Network).

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