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Ofsted has named a former chief inspector to lead the independent inquiry into its response to Ruth Perry’s death. 

Dame Christine Gilbert, who served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector from 2006 until 2011 and now chairs the Education Endowment Foundation, will lead the learning review.

A coroner ruled in December the Caversham Primary School headteacher’s death by suicide was contributed to by an Ofsted inspection. 

In her prevention of future deaths report issued in the wake of Perry’s inquest, coroner Heidi Connor noted that “no learning review was conducted by Ofsted” into its handling of her death and that there was “no policy requiring this to be done”.

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