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Roy Blatchford is one of the UK's most respected educationists. 'Success is a Journey' is a beautifully written collection of his recent essays about the education landscape, reflecting Roy's very high regard for teaching and schools.


Roy Blatchford is one of the UK's most respected educationists. 'Success is a Journey' is a beautifully written collection of his recent essays about the education landscape, reflecting Roy's very high regard for teaching and schools.

Over the past thirty years, Roy has written widely on school and college inspection, curriculum innovation, global education, policy and politics. His love of classrooms and enjoyment in watching children succeed are always present. His conversations with students, teachers and leaders have informed the content of many of the essays in this collection.

Roy Blatchford's influence in establishing national standards in England's schools is evident in the contents of Part Two of the book. He was lead author of the the DfE Teachers' Standards, Master Teacher Standard and National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers. Part Three explains and exemplifies the practice of Blinks, a distinctive approach to reviewing and reporting on education settings which he has, with colleagues, established over the past fifteen years in the UK and internationally.

About the author

Roy Blatchford is founder of, working with schools, colleges and universities in the UK and internationally. He has spent the past two years implementing education system reform in the Middle East.

Roy was Founding Director (2006 - 2016) of the National Education Trust, an independent foundation which leads excellent practice and innovation in education.

Previously he served as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools (HMI) in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and for the inspection of outstanding schools. He has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has reviewed over 1000 schools and colleges in Europe, USA, Middle East and India.

For 30 years Roy has been an international trainer and conference speaker on English and literacy, school improvement, leadership and curriculum development. He has been an adviser to various UK governments, including Deputy Chair of the DfE Teachers Standards Review (2011) and of the Headteachers Standards Review (2014). He is a member of the Education Policy Institute's advisory board.

Roy began his teaching career in London, moving to be Principal of schools in Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. He is a Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, has been a Visiting University Professor in the USA, and is co-founder of the Mumbai-based education foundation Adhyayan. He is the author/editor of over 150 books.

Roy was appointed CBE for services to education in the 2016 New Year Honours.


This is a book of exceptional depth, breadth and clarity. Rooted in an authentic knowledge of leadership and pedagogy in the UK and overseas, it contains insights that sometimes provoke and sometimes reassure us. Roy Blatchford's observations, nudges and challenges are always rooted in an optimistic faith in teachers and leaders to enrich the lives of children and young people. In 'Success is a Journey - packed with inspiring examples he explains how. This is a book to read and re-read. --Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders

I always enjoy Roy Blatchford's common sense approach to leading schools. This collection of essays provides an invaluable insight into the most important things leaders should be doing. So much in this book resonated with me as a leader of several schools, in particular that an education system is only as good as the teachers in it. As Roy suggests, let's never forget the importance of the training and support we provide to those who have chosen this wonderful profession. --Helena Mills CBE Chief Executive, Burnt Mill Academy Trust, Harlow

Roy Blatchford's latest collection of essays, standards and tools is a welcome addition to the literature on educational excellence. Roy's writing is an effervescent fizz of fresh ideas, creative thoughts and provocative proposals. Every school leader and anyone interested in how we create a climate for excellence should read this. --Rachel Macfarlane Principal, Isaac Newton Academy, East London

Additional Information

Author Roy Blatchford
ISBN 9781911382614
No of pages 156
Format Paperback
Publication Date 30 Apr 2018

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