As the nation celebrated the Queen’s official birthday over the weekend, I found another good excuse for cake – Friday (10 June) marked a year since we published the first Ofsted blog!
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.
Follow Sean on Twitter @HarfordSean
On Sunday 17 April 2016 Ofsted, together with @HarfordSean, took over @SLTchat to host the regular #SLTchat Twitter chat. This Storify brings together a selection of senior leaders' tweets about the main topic - how Ofsted can avoid making extra work for teachers.
Back in June last year, when Ofsted announced the changes to inspection under the common inspection framework, we also explained how we intended to strengthen the way we deal with complaints about inspection. In September, we introduced independent scrutiny to …
Many of you will have read or heard about the Government’s White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere, published last week, announcing the transformation of England’s schools. I thought it would be helpful to clarify what it could mean for inspection.
There’s been some speculation about the timing of inspections, particularly of the new short inspections, and I understand that some schools may be anxious about where they are.
A belated happy new year – I hope you all managed to have some rest at the end of last year, and like me, are fully refreshed for this new term.
Sean Harford, National Director, Education, on the detail of short (section 8) inspections.
To do a good job, it’s critical that Ofsted listens to the people who use and work in the services we inspect.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting around 130 National Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) at their conference in Nottingham.
As summer comes to an end it is back to work for many of us, be that for schools, colleges or nurseries. I hope that everyone is refreshed for the coming year, even if you haven’t been able to get …