Adrian Gray

Adrian Gray


Adrian is an associate consultant for Focus Education. Adrian took in Essex, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire before joining Ofsted in 2002 as a HMI in the School Improvement Division. This intensive work took him to two schools every week, mainly supporting schools in Special Measures as they made the journey of recovery. Adrian then spent two years leading on policy and guidance covering maintained and independent school inspections, teacher training and Early Years, before leading a new team in Ofsted that investigated national issues and developed insight.

In this role he played a key part in many high profile national publications, including the work done on the change to ‘Requires Improvement’, the ‘Unseen Children’ report and much of the analysis in HMCI’s Annual Reports. He wrote the initial guidance for the new ‘short inspections’. He now works as an education consultant in the UK and Europe where he is an executive committee member of the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates, leading on the impact of inspection.

When not involved in education, Adrian plays an active part in a community heritage project and is a prolific author of local history books.

Adrian has an advanced DBS disclosure.