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Sir Jim Rose, C.B.E., F.R.S.A.

Our Patron, Sir Jim Rose, C.B.E., F.R.S.A.

Since July 1999 Jim Rose has acted as a consultant to the Government, first to the Department for Education and Skills and then to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, on nursery and primary education, and work force training.

At the request of the Secretary of State, he chaired the 1999 Independent Scrutiny of the National Assessment Tests for Primary Schools. In 2006 he reported to the Government on the Teaching of Early Reading. In January 2008, Jim Rose was appointed to carry out an Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum. His final report will be published in spring 2009.

Concurrent with his review of the primary curriculum, at the Secretary of State's request, he is also developing recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia and reviewing two early learning goals relating to literacy.

Jim Rose was formerly Her Majesty's Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Education (HMI) and Director of Inspection for the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). He retired from OFSTED in July 1999. His senior posts within HMI include Chief Inspector of Primary Education (3 to13), responsibilities for Special Educational Needs (SEN), the education of ethnic minority pupils, and initial teacher training (ITT). He has advised several overseas governments on school inspection, and has considerable international experience of school educational systems.

Before joining HMI, Jim Rose held headships of two large, inner-city primary schools.

He is President of the NFER.