Head of Education, 2010-2012
James is now pursuing a career in law.As Head of the Education Unit, James directed research on all aspects of education policy, ranging from childcare reform to tertiary level education. A commentator on education issues in the UK, James featured on national broadcast outlets as well as speaking at conference events. Prior to joining Policy Exchange in September 2009, he spent three years in public sector consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers.James grew up in Co. Down and read Modern History to Masters level at Magdalen College, Oxford. As well as acting as a voluntary consultant for those wishing to set up Free Schools, he is passionate about the countryside and rural affairs.
This report says that the government should consider allowing private companies to set up and run schools under a social enterprise model. Allowing private providers to take over the running of publicly run schools will create new places at a time when there is a severe shortage in many parts of the country.
Best Behaviour proposes policies on discipline and exclusion which will protect those pupils whose education is harmed by the misbehaviour of others, whilst ensuring that the needs of all children are effectively addressed.
A new report on adoption services in England by think tank Policy Exchange has found that upwards of 1,000 children a year are living in foster care unnecessarily because Local Authorities (LAs) are failing to work closely with voluntary sector providers of adoption services.