From September 2019, Ofsted is changing the way we inspect early years education and childcare, schools and further education colleges. Our National Director for Education, Sean Harford, discusses what parents, carers and learners can expect from our new inspections and reports.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education
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, Ofsted's National Director of Education, on our new inspection framework and the summer break.
Over the last few months, we’ve tested new questions with parents, schools and inspectors. We based the new set of questions on what parents want to know and can answer, what inspectors want to know and what schools find useful. Getting this balance right is important.
This blog talks about some of the early findings from our pilot inspections under the draft education inspection framework that we are currently consulting on. This framework is scheduled to take effect from September 2019.
Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director for Education, discusses the work of our subject curriculum groups.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education on the wealth of information available from Ofsted on its proposed education inspection framework.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education, on how Ofsted will evaluate and review multi-academy trusts.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education on first ever prosecution for running an unregistered school.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education on the findings of Ofsted's report, 'Growing up neglected'.
Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director, Education, on the new tool that collects evidence electronically and the feedback gathered from the pilot inspections where it was tested.