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Changes in Ofsted’s early education directorate

Nick Hudson, left, and Gill Jones, rightNick Hudson, Ofsted's Director of Early Education, pictured, left, with Gill Jones, has announced that he will be moving on to concentrate solely on his role as Ofsted's Regional Director, North East, Yorkshire and Humber. 

Responsibility for early education inspection policy will move on 1 September 2015 to Sean Harford, National Director, Education. Sean will be supported by Gill Jones as Deputy Director, Early Education.

In a letter published today, Nick said "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as National Director, Early Education and have appreciated the professional dialogue, which has informed the changes we have introduced over the last 18 months. I am particularly grateful to colleagues on our National Consultative Forum for their contribution and support during this time. Thank you also for the hard work you and your members are doing to raise standards and improve the lives of, and outcomes for, young children."

PACEY's Director of Communications, Victoria Flint, said "We are sorry to see Nick Hudson go as we have enjoyed working with him and he has been very interested in and supportive of the work of PACEY. We have also worked closely with Gill Jones, and our members were delighted that she was able to speak at our conference in May, so we look forward to continuing to work with her.

"We will be working hard to ensure that Ofsted recognises the early years as a distinct stage of childhood development, and even more so now that responsibility has passed to the National Director, Education. Whilst we are supportive of the move to the Common Inspection Framework, we want to ensure that the early years is recognised as a distinct educational stage and will be scrutinising the new inspection regime to ensure that happens.

"We look forward to working with Sean Harford, and in particular calling for the inspection of early years to have an equal footing with schools by bringing all early years inspections in-house at the earliest opportunity."