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Welcome to Adrian Lyons Consulting

Some examples of recent work

  • School Reviews

  • SEF coaching

  • School Improvement on-going support

  • Subject leader coaching

  • Governor training and coaching

  • Initial Teacher Training Provider support and coaching

  • CPD

  • School 'safeguarding reviews'

  • Subject training in economics, business, enterprise, careers and financial capability for experienced teachers and trainee teachers.

  • Chairing and participating in conferences and webinars

  • Writing on inspection and other educational topics

'You really helped to build up my confidence; you engineered great opportunities for me to shadow and learn – and were so kind all the time – even when I just wouldn’t stop talking!' (Mentee)

'Thank you for your invaluable support - you helped us so much.' (London headteacher 1 Dec 2023)

and my recent chat with Stan & Frank  '(Chat no 183 with @FrankWNorris & @athena_ltd chatting to the ever sensible & infinitely listenable @AdrianLyonsFRSA is yet another that @Ofstednews should have on repeat. I have said it before and will no doubt say again Ofsted should be listening to the experienced ex HMI.' Kendra Allen)


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School Improvement

As a School Improvement Partner, we know that there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for school improvement. That's why we take a personalized approach to create a tailored plan that meets the unique needs of your school. With 16 years of experience as an HMI, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to achieve school improvement. Trust us to help you achieve your goals. As a CEO of one MAT I work with comments, 'Great opportunity  Adrian is a class act' or a headteacher, 'your help and support over the last few years has helped make this outcome possible.'

'I just wanted to extend a most sincere thanks for your time and invaluable support/guidance in our meeting today.  I really appreciate the feedback and the improvement points identified'

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Initial Teacher Education Support

If you're looking to improve your initial teacher education programme, you're in the right place. As an education consultant with years of experience, I specialize in supporting large providers to improve their trainees' experience. I know what it takes to prepare for Ofsted inspections and navigate regulatory requirements, and I'm here to help you create a programme that's effective, engaging, and meets your trainees' needs.

'I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you again for the session you kindly delivered last Friday. 

The trainees found it very useful in reinforcing some of the key messages from the ITE curriculum. 


Thanks so much for your time and sharing your knowledge.'

Adrian Lyons HMI speaking at an AEEE conference in Ghent

Public Speaking

Looking for an engaging and thought-provoking speaker to inspire your audience? Look no further than Adrian. With a wealth of experience in education consulting, Adrian has become a sought-after commentator in the education press; and with his presentations on accountability for schools, the importance of knowledge in enterprise, and initial teacher training in England, he draws on his extensive experience to challenge, inform, and inspire audiences. As a natural storyteller and charismatic speaker, Adrian will leave your audience feeling motivated and empowered.

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'It is an absolute pleasure to work with you and your ongoing support has been invaluable, thank you'

(East Anglian MAT CEO, February 2024)


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My Story

Adrian stood down from being an HMI on September 27th 2021 after over 16 years in that role.


Adrian is working with a range of institutions including SCITTs, Universities, MATs and local authorities to support their provision and help to improve their impact on students and trainee teachers. One of his current roles is  part-time Director of School Improvement for a small MAT. He works with four MATs in East Anglia to support school improvement and curriculum reviews. He brings his insights and experience gained from over 16 years as an HMI - nearly 20 years all together as an inspector, and previously a trainer and course director for DfE training for performance management advisors and threshold assessors (remember them? ) .

Adrian is also a trustee / director of his subject association the Economics, Business & Enterprise Association (EBEA), the UK representative on the council of the Association for European Economics Education (AEEE), a primary school governor (currently vice chair of governors) and a trustee of the Association of Retired and Former HMI for England & Wales. He is a member of the FED (Foundation for Education Development) Advisory Council

He is regularly commissioned to provide comment pieces in the education press.

Adrian was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education, one of the most experienced HMI in Ofsted and until the recent reorganisation, Ofsted’s national lead for economics, business and enterprise. He regularly led the inspections of secondary schools, primary schools and initial teacher training providers. He led major national surveys such as ‘Getting Ready for Work’ in 2016 and in 2019 was the lead HMI for Ofsted’s research into initial teacher education (ITE) training programmes. His role for many years involved working with directors to find solutions to individual and organisational problems.


Working method

A mix of working on my own or working alongside a colleague/ colleagues with inspewction experience (ususally former HMI).

Based in Essex but happy to travel. Recent work has been in Essex, West London, Sussex, West, East and North Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, the Netherlands and Germany.


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I am very privileged to have worked with you and will miss your greatly. You have contributed greatly to Ofsted and can be immensely proud of all you have achieved as an HMI.

If anybody is a better embodiment of all those qualities that one would wish an HMI to have, then I’d be mightily surprised by that. It would be good to meet them. It has been a great pleasure to know you and a privilege to have worked with and to have learned from you.

I will be sorry to see you leave – you have been hugely supportive to colleagues and to me. I wish you the very best – you will be a big loss to Ofsted.


 based in Colchester, Essex, UK.


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