Richard Aird

Richard has had 30 years’ experience as a special school headteacher in four schools, and has been honoured in recognition of his services to special education. He led his last school through three successive outstanding Ofsted/HMI inspections.

Richard has published widely on SEND matters and continues to work as a part-time consultant and lecturer, occasionally being invited to advise the DfE on items such as the Revised Teachers Standards and Initial Teacher Training.

Most recently, Richard served as a member of The Rochford Review and continues to be closely involved in discussions pertaining to the report’s published recommendations.

Latest blog posts

Richard Aird

Insight into the Rochford Review: implementation in schools

In the final part of his blog series, review group member Richard Aird outlines the steps schools should take to implement the headline recommendations and help pupils achieve better outcomes. This is the third blog in a three-part series written by Richard on the Rochford Review and what it means...
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Insight into the Rochford Review: recommendations and methodologies

A considered review of different assessment methods, along with a recognition of the importance of accountability and equal opportunity, shaped the Review's final report. This is the second blog in a three-part series written by Richard on the Rochford Review and what it means for schools. Follow...
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Insight into the Rochford Review: changing the culture of assessment

As a member of the Rochford Review group, Richard Aird OBE explains why a much-needed change to statutory assessment is the focus of the review's interim report. This is the first blog in a series written by Richard on the Rochford Review and what it means for schools. Follow the link below to read...
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