The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is under pressure to refocus the work of the schools inspectorate from the quality of teaching in the classroom to the standards of school governance as part of a wider rethink about its role.

Wilshaw is likely to face resistance from the Department for Education to his proposals, made on Monday, to review the accountability of free schools or academies, or to make the national curriculum the focus of teaching.

The signs of continuing tension between Michael Gove and Wilshaw came after the Ofsted chief backtracked on potentially damaging claims that Gove had blocked him from introducing no-notice inspections in 2012.

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