The School Leadership Journey
(John Catt, 2016)

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools since 1944: Standard Bearers or Turbulent Priests?
(Woburn Press, 1998)

State Schools: New Labour and the Conservative Legacy
with Clyde Chitty (eds.), (Woburn Press, 1999)

School Leadership: National and International Perspectives
with Richard Fawcett and David Bennett (eds.), (Kogan Page, 2000)


Intelligent Accountability
John Dunford brought the term ‘intelligent accountability’ into the education lexicon in 2003. This led to the then schools’ minister, David Miliband, quoting John when he announced a ‘new relationship with schools’ in January 2004. The concept was frequently quoted in subsequent years and in a Times Educational Supplement hustings before the 2010 general election, all three party spokesmen mentioned intelligent accountability within the first half hour.

John wrote a series of papers on intelligent accountability for the Association of School and College Leaders, the final one of which was published by ASCL in July 2010: Read it here.

Review of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner
In the autumn of 2010, John led an independent review of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in England. The report contained 46 recommendations, all of which were accepted by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove. Read the report here.

The growth of academy chains
Working with Robert Hill and the isos partnership www.isospartnership.com, John co-authored a report for the National College for School Leadership on The growth of academy chains: implications for leaders and leadership (March 2012)

Establishing and leading new types of school
Again, working with Robert Hill and the isos partnership, John co-authored a report for the National College for School Leadership on the leadership of free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools: Establishing and leading new types of school (March 2013)

Evaluation of teaching schools
John co-authored a research report on the effectiveness and influence of teaching schools, led by Professor Qing Gu of the University of Nottingham. The final report was published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-schools-evaluation (April 2013)


These are articles I have written on educational themes:
(You can right click them to download them)

The biggest prize for the pupil premium is to close the attainment gap Times Educational SupplementSeptember 2014

Kyra Teaching School KYRA teaching school website May 2014

Using the pupil premium effectively: an evidence-based approach to closing the gap Teaching Leaders Quarterly March 2014

The blind spot in her iron gaze: To lead a comprehensive in the Thatcher era was to feel ignored Times Educational Supplement, April 2013

Despite the EBac, schools can continue to offer a rounded education Optimus website Sept 2012)

Academies: what could they teach independents? (Page 42) Prep School Magazine May 2012)

Improving outcomes for children: where do local authorities fit in?  (National College for School Leadership, ldr magazine, January 2012)

‘More than just knowledge – a Whole Education’, in the collection of essays ‘Open to Ideas: essays on education and skills’, starting from page 52. (Open to ideas, Jan 2012)

Teacher assessment:  (GUARDIAN, Jan 2012)

No need to be caged by the curriculum:  (TES, Oct 2011)

Why social mobility should start at school (INDEPENDENT, April 2011)

Leader freedom is not the full story (TESS. Feb 2011)

Open the cage and let your creativity take flight: its time to be curriculum planners again (TES, Dec 2010)

New lucrative autonomy (NEW STATESMAN, Nov 2010)

Expanding horizons (SEC ED, Oct 2010)

Learning Futures: Engaging and challenging pupils (SEC ED, Sept 2010)

Choppy waters in the year ahead (TES. Sept 2009)

These are articles in which I feature:

CIEA announces new Chair – John Dunford (CIEA Mail, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, April 2011)

How a holistic approach to education can help business (TIMES. Dec 2010)

John Dunford: How I put secondary heads on the map (INDEPENDENT, March 2010)