David Hoare steps down
The chair of education watchdog Ofsted, Sir David Hoare, is resigning just days after he came under fire for describing the Isle of Wight as a poor ghetto.
The former City banker told the education secretary, Justine Greening, on Tuesday that he would be resigning with immediate effect.
At a teaching conference earlier this month, Hoare said the Isle of Wight was blighted by a “mass of crime, drug problems, huge unemployment”.
He said: “They think of it as holiday land. But it is shocking. It’s a ghetto. There has been inbreeding.”
In a statement released by Ofsted, Hoare said: “I have today informed the secretary of state that I will be resigning from my position as chair with immediate effect.
“It has been a great privilege to chair the Ofsted board for the past two years. I am pleased that the organisation now has an excellent board in place with expertise across all of our remit areas, including early years and further education.”
“We have also been able to agree the strategic priorities for Ofsted, focusing on improving the life chances for the disadvantaged children of our country. I will miss working with an excellent team, making a real difference.”