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HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector)

The role

Ofsted is determined to make a greater difference: to raise standards and improve lives across England, and our high quality HMI play a key part in doing so.

We've introduced a series of new inspection frameworks which we believe will be a catalyst for improvement across all remits through Early Childhood, Education, Further Education and Skills and Social Care. Today’s HMI inspect, challenge and support providers to improve, helping ensure that children, young people and learners have the chance to reach their full potential. HMI posts are a unique opportunity to make a difference nationally.

Who are we looking for?

As a strong candidate for the role of HMI you will be highly qualified and regarded in your field. You will have a wealth of senior leadership experience and a strong track record of driving improvement where it matters the most. Your incisive intellect will be matched by an ability to build rapport and win trust. Able to make sound judgements based on your analysis of inspection evidence, you will also be an inspirational and credible communicator, ready to report your findings with confidence.

You may view the role of HMI as a valuable part of a longer term career plan or you may be looking to make a national contribution at the end of your career. Our priority is to find the best candidates for the job and we expect this to be from a wide variety of backgrounds.

How to apply

Ofsted operates an ‘always on’, year round approach to HMI recruitment across all of our remits. If you feel you have the skills and experience to be an HMI, please submit your CV in the first instance to inspectionrecruitment@ofsted.gov.uk. We will assess your background against the person specification and contact you to let you know if we would like to progress your application.

Alternatively feel free to email us with further queries or to arrange an informal chat about the role.

Annual Report 2012/13