AEGIS Conference 2023 Panellist

Martin Ayres, HMI – Consultant and Adviser, QEG

Panel 22

Discussion and insight into National Minimum Standard for Boarding Schools 22 – Educational Guardians.


Martin Ayres has had a long career in children’s services in senior management roles. He has substantial experience in child protection and safeguarding, including as the Head of Local Authority Children’s Services, Senior Consultant to the Department of Health, as HMI and Head of Inspection for ISI.  Since 2015, Martin has provided consultancy to a wide range of schools across England.

He has been working with Val Barnes as part of QEG with a clear focus on strengthening Child Protection arrangements in Boarding Provision. This work has included close liaison, alongside Val Barnes, with the Department for Education on issues associated with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding  and Keeping Children Safe in Education and the implementation of QEG’s validation system by schools – Quality Assurance of International Student Provision – founded on best practice and on meeting the requirements of the duty of care of international students.