Sean Harford


Sean Harford became National Director, Education in September 2015 and retired in August 2021. 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 National Director, Schools.

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.

Previous roles in government

  • National Director, Education