Roy Blatchford is founder of www.blinks.education – working with schools, academy trusts, colleges and universities in the UK and internationally. He chaired ASCL’s Commission ‘The Forgotten Third’, and currently chairs the Essex Education Task Force, East Sussex Secondary Board, Gloucestershire Education Forum and the children’s charity Speech And Language UK. Roy was Founding CEO (2006 – 2016) of the National Education Trust and of www.netacademies.net. Previously he served as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI) in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and for the inspection of outstanding schools.
He has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has reviewed over 1000 schools and colleges in Europe, USA, Middle East and India. He has been an adviser to various UK governments, including Deputy Chair of the DfE Teachers Standards Review (2011) and of the Headteachers Standards Review (2014). Roy is the editor/author of over 150 books; his latest is ‘The A – Z of Great Classrooms’. He was appointed CBE for services to education in the 2016 New Year Honours.