Ofsted Improvement Courses

Ofsted Improvement Courses

A series of one day courses designed to help improve Ofsted inspection results. Designed for senior leaders, the courses focus on critical issues regarding the inspection process with an emphasis on quality improvement, developed and led by expert facilitators.

Each one day seminar runs from 9:30 – 3:30pm


Richard has fourteen years’ experience of being a full-time inspector, starting with the Adult Learning Inspectorate in 2002, before becoming an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) with Ofsted in 2007. In that time, he led inspections of a wide range of further education and skills providers, many of whom were very high profile.

Richard has managed a team of both further education and skills and schools’ inspectors during his time with Ofsted, mentored a number of new HMIs when they started their inspection careers and was part of a number of development teams put together to create new inspection frameworks and methodologies, including the current model introduced in September 2015. He also undertook quality assurance visits to assess HMI colleagues’ performance when leading college inspections and was involved extensively in training both full- and part-time inspectors to improve their performance.

He maintains an active role in the sector, both as a part-time lead inspector for Ofsted and as a governor at a very successful further education college.


Maria Navarro

Maria Navarro is one of Her Majesty’s inspectors. Maria has extensive experience in learning and development roles in work-based environments, principally with two of the largest retailers in the UK. Her responsibilities included the identification of training needs among senior managers and their development.

She is also experienced in senior business administration and holds a Master’s degree in Global Marketing. She is an experienced lead inspector of both work-based learning, employer training and offender learning. Maria maintains a strong interest in development and has designed numerous improvement seminars as part of the regional contribution to Ofsted’s support and challenge work with providers that require improvement.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector. He joined Ofsted as Her Majesty’s Inspector in 2007, from a previous inspectorate, where he managed a national quality improvement initiative. He is a qualified teacher in further education, has a degree level management qualification and postgraduate diploma in inspection.

Prior to becoming an inspector, Ian held senior roles in GFE colleges and has additional wide experience in the management of work-based learning, employability training and adult learning. Ian is currently one of two Further Education and Skills Senior Her Majesty’s Inspectors assigned to the Ofsted West Midlands region. He manages a team of Her Majesty’s Inspectors in Further Education and Skills. He has been the operational lead for two Ofsted contracted inspection service providers.

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