Inspection is above all about human judgement. Therefore, the quality of Ofsted’s work and our value as a force for improvement depend absolutely on the knowledge and expertise of our inspectors.
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, 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.
From January 2018, we will convert a short inspection to a section 5 inspection (normally within 48 hours) if there are serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education.
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.