Sir Jim Rose CBE, LLD, FRSA: England

Update: Sir Jim Rose was a founding member of the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. Very sadly, Jim died on 9th February 2023 aged 83. His contribution to literacy is profound and his work renowned internationally. Jim’s wife, Pauline (the ‘love of his life’) died in 2021. Jim and Pauline are survived by daughter, Alison, and two grandchildren, Ben and Daisy. Jim was an active contributor to the IFERI group including providing posts for the IFERI blog. He was interested in the promotion of quality reading instruction to his dying days. Akin to Bob Sweet Jr., Jim was such a kind, gentlemanly and supportive individual providing friendship and mentoring above and beyond what could be expected from the conscientious. All of us at the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction, and many others who knew Jim, or who knew of Jim, wish his family our condolences and warmest best wishes. Click here to learn more about Jim and his work.


Sir Jim Rose was formerly Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMI) of Primary Education, and Director of Inspection for the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) in England. He retired from OFSTED in July 1999.

He continued to work as an independent consultant in the UK and abroad, as he had considerable international experience of curriculum reform and school improvement systems.

Before joining HMI, he held headships of two large, inner-city primary schools. His senior posts within HMI include: Chief Inspector of Primary Education (3 to13); national responsibilities for Special Educational Needs (SEN); the education of ethnic minority pupils, and initial teacher training (ITT). He advised several overseas governments on school inspection.

He chaired the 1999 Independent Scrutiny of the National Assessment Tests for Primary Schools. He was invited by the Secretary of State for Education of the day to lead several independent reviews, including: Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading (the Rose Review 2006), a Primary Curriculum Review, and Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (2009).

Sir Jim Rose was President of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), and of the CfBT Education Trust. He chaired the Dyslexia-Spld Steering Group, and continued to serve on various government advisory groups.

For The Avoidance of Doubt – ‘Systematic Synthetic Phonic Work’ (April 2016) – Sir Jim Rose