Adi Bloom

The man making Ofsted more human

The inspectorate's national director of education has moved the watchdog away from a dependency on data and taken to Twitter to reassure schools facing a myriad of myths. He tells Adi Bloom why it’s good to talk

Say the phrase “the human face of Ofsted” and many people will laugh at what they view as a contradiction in terms. Others, however, are likely to mention Sean Harford.

“Sean’s continued to make Ofsted more open and approachable,” says James Pembroke, Tes’s Data Doctor. “Schools tie themselves in knots about what Ofsted does and doesn’t want to see. He’s doing myth-busting stuff.”

Harford is Ofsted’s national director of education. He is also, unofficially, the inspectorate’s public face on Twitter: he devotes a significant amount of time and 140-character statements to demystifying and ...

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