Head of Education and Social Reform
John Blake joined Policy Exchange as Head of Education and Social Reform in April 2017, after a decade working as a teacher, senior school leader and leading practitioner in English state schools. He previously worked for the Harris Federation, one of England’s most successful multi-academy trusts, as a History Consultant; as an assistant headteacher at the first selective sixth-form free school; and as head of house, department and faculty in comprehensive and selective schools in London and Essex. John founded and co-edited Labour Teachers from 2011 to 2014 and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Parents and Teachers for Excellence campaign, and was formerly on the Advisory Council of NAHT Edge. He read Modern History at the University of Oxford, and also holds a PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education, and an MSt in education from the University of Cambridge.
Related Posts & Publications
by John Blake | Apr 10, 2018Last Easter Monday, I appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme to debate the motion passed by one wing of the National Education Union at its annual conference which claimed that new assessments the government plans to introduce for children starting school are...
Welcome shift of emphasis to vocational training but big questions for PM’s review of University funding
by John Blake | Feb 20, 2018The Prime Minister’s speech today, setting out the terms of a review of the funding arrangement for “tertiary” education, is important for a number of reasons. By no means the least is the use of the word “tertiary”—that is, this review will cover not only the funding...
by John Blake | Jan 14, 2018Probably the most important thing to remember about the challenges faced by Damian Hinds, the new education secretary, is that they go well beyond schools. With the addition of further and higher education to the Department for Education’s responsibilities in the...
by John Blake | Jan 9, 2018Dear Damian Hinds, Congratulations on your new job. As someone who worked for a decade in the classroom, and in that time was also actively involved in the National Union of Teachers and education politics, I’ve seen up close both the work of five of your...
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