Sir John Dunford is presenting at the e-Assessment Question Conference

Sir John Dunford speaker at the e-Assessment Question Conference

Sir John Dunford was chair of the independent commission on examination malpractice, which reported to the JCQ in 2019. 

John was the government’s National Pupil Premium Champion from 2013-15, an independent role in which he worked with schools and local authorities on the effective use of the pupil premium to raise the educational achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

During the autumn of 2010, John conducted an independent review of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, reporting to the Secretary of State for Education, who accepted the review’s recommendations, which were incorporated into the Children and Families Act 2014. 

He has co-authored reports for the National College for Teaching and Leadership on academy chains; on closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and others; on the leadership of free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools; and on an evaluation of teaching schools.

In November 2016, John’s book ‘The School Leadership Journey’ was published by John Catt. http://www.johncattbookshop.com/the-school-leadership-journey

John was general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (formerly the Secondary Heads Association) from 1998 to 2010. Prior to that, he was a member of the leadership team of three secondary schools in the north-east of England from 1974 to 1998, including 16 years as head of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, an 11-18 school with 1500 pupils.

John was chair of Whole Education from and of the charity Step Together Volunteering from 2010-18. He is a trustee of the Learn Academies Trust in south Leicestershire where he lives.

He was chair of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors from 2011 to 2014. He served on the board of trustees of Teach First and the advisory board of Future Leaders from the inception of those organisations and was a member of the governing council of the National College for School Leadership.

His undergraduate degree was in mathematics and economics from the University of Nottingham and he has a Master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Durham.

In 1994 John was awarded the OBE and in 2014 he received a knighthood for services to education. He has an honorary degree from the University of Nottingham.

He has written an authoritative history of the schools’ inspectorate (“Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools since 1944: Standard Bearers or Turbulent Priests”, Woburn Press, 1998) and has written extensively on national education policy, especially in the fields of accountability, curriculum, assessment, 14 to 19 education, leadership and inspection. His online blogs of education commentary appeared in the Times Educational Supplement at https://www.tes.com/news/school-news.