Institute of Education


Radical ideas to transform Ofsted

9:30 am to 5:00 pm, 28 March 2018

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Event Information

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Elvin Hall, Level 1, UCL Institute Of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This conference will not be an Ofsted-bashing event, but an opportunity for colleagues from primary, secondary and further education to offer constructive ideas to transform Ofsted.

A new framework for inspection will be introduced in September 2019, so this is the time to present Ofsted with alternative models of inspection.

Mike Kane MP, Shadow Minister of Education (Schools) will open this event with 'What changes a Labour government would make to Ofsted'.

Speakers and Chairs

  • Professor Frank Coffield, UCL Institute of Education (IOE), 'An Alternative Model of Inspection'
  • Dr Melanie Ehren (IOE), 'Ofsted and MATs: should we inspect MATs?'
  • Dr Helena McVeigh (Director, G2G Education, former HMI of Schools), 'Ofsted: a view from the frontline'
  • Joel Petrie, founder member of Tutor Voices, and doctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield.
  • Colin Richards (University of Cumbria), 'Inspection Re-considered'
  • Paul Wakeling (Principal, Havering Sixth Form College), 'The impact of inspection on students, staff and community'
  • Sean Harford (HMI, National Director, Education at Ofsted) 'Developing the education inspection framework for 2019'.

There will be ample time for discussion in groups drawn from the three main sectors.

This conference is open to everyone. It may particularly interest those who work in schools, universities, students, policy-makers, local authority officers, HMI inspectors and union members.


The conference is pitched to cover costs, not to make a profit. The cost includes a copy of Frank Coffield's new book 'Will the Leopard Change its Spots?' to all attendees. There will be coffee and tea on arrival, lunch, and tea at 4:15pm. UCL IOE Press will be selling books by the speakers with a 20% discount.

  • UCL staff and students tickets: £30
  • Early bird tickets: £65
  • Full price tickets: £70

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