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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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Changes to the way Ofsted inspects and reports

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Sean Harford

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.

Testing the draft education inspection framework: our early findings from pilot inspections

Children watching their teacher intentently studying some bugs outside in the garden under a wooden stump

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.