Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust www.nationaleducationtrust.net
Previously he was Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools (HMI) in England, with lead responsibilities for school improvement and for the national inspection of good and outstanding schools. Roy has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has inspected and reviewed over 700 schools and colleges in the UK and Europe, USA, Middle East and India.
Roy was Principal (1999 - 2003) of Walton High and Walton Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, opened in September 1999 and described by OFSTED as 'a first class centre of learning - innovative and inspiring'. He was Founding Director (1996 - 1998) of Reading Is Fundamental, UK a non-profit organisation developing children's reading and family literacy. From 1986 - 1996 he was Headteacher of Bicester Community College, an Oxfordshire comprehensive school serving 1200+ 11 - 19 year old students.
He spent twelve years teaching in inner-London schools, youth and adult services, and has for thirty years been a trainer and speaker with schools, parents, governors and local authorities on literacy, raising student achievement, curriculum development, school improvement, leadership and innovation. He has served as an adviser to various governments, and was recently vice-chair of the DfE Teachers’ Standards Review.
Roy has worked with HM Prison Service, the NHS and the Arts Council in a number of voluntary capacities. He is the author/editor of over 150 books, including Sparkling Classrooms and is a regular contributor to the national press.
Roy is the author of the Learning Matters text The 2012 Teachers’ Standards in the Classroom.