National Director, Education

Sean Harford


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 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.

National Director, Education

The director leads the development of policy and of guidance for inspections in early years, schools, further education and skills.



  1. ASCL annual conference
  2. Speech to Association of School and College Leaders Conference 2015
  3. Ofsted south west regional conference on most able students