I hope you are all looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the holiday period; I know I am. One of the last items on my desk before the break was the sign-off of the latest update to the school …
Sean Harford became National Director, Education in September 2015. Sean was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector in 2003. Since joining Ofsted he has worked in school improvement, school inspection policy and organisational restructuring. His previous post in Ofsted was Regional Director (South).
Before joining Ofsted, Sean was a teacher and a successful senior leader in a secondary school in the East of England, as well as associate adviser for a local authority.
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Sean Harford, National Director, Education, on Ofsted's research programme about the school curriculum and the preliminary findings so far.
Sean Harford on workload and a new question about it that inspectors will ask via the school staff questionnaire that's completed at the point of inspection.
Sean Harford welcomes readers back from their summer break. He writes about recent events, such as the Festival of Education and about Ofsted's curriculum survey.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education, on the impact of Ofsted’s mythbusting campaign.
Sean Harford explains the purpose and rationale for two proposed changes to the way Ofsted carries out short inspections of good schools.
It has come to my attention recently that there is some misunderstanding around the differences in the prior attainment bandings used in the Inspection dashboard, RAISEonline and FFT data for key stage 2 (KS2). This was highlighted in Jamie Pembroke’s …
The culmination of two years’ hard work for those about to take GCSEs, including my own son, is soon to be upon us. Once the exams are taken, marked and graded, the results will reflect the curriculum choices, planning, teaching, …
Periodically at Ofsted I become aware of misconceptions about inspection processes; what we look at and what people think is required by us.
Let me begin by wishing you all a very happy New Year. I hope you had the opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries over the holiday period.