There's been a lot of talk recently in the media about algorithms. Facebook has come under scrutiny for their use of algorithms to target users with specific adverts or content. Uber and Deliveroo are using them to support their business …
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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The last of our spring conferences for school inspectors took place on Friday 20th April. In total, around 1,600 inspectors attended the four conferences, with two held in Nottingham and Manchester in March and two more in London in April. Along …
Sean Harford, HMI, National Director, Education, puts assessment into perspective.
Modern technology is playing its part, when it comes to data and risk assessment.
Updates to inspection handbooks reflect changes to the timing of inspections.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education, on complaints and data and the criteria behind inspection judgements.
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, 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.