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 | Aug 11, 2017As we approach A-level Results Day—and in the shadow of the “youthquake” of the general election linked to Labour’s promises on university fee abolition—there has been considerable discussion about the ever-vexed question of university access. The Sutton Trust’s...
by John Blake | Jul 25, 2017This article appeared on TES Last Monday we saw the fruits of Justine Greening’s scrabbling down the back of the metaphorical DfE sofa, with the announcement of additional cash for the schools budget in 2018/19 and 2019/20. It is intended to ensure real terms growth...
by John Blake | Jul 16, 2017Nick Clegg is attacking free schools on grounds that ignore both the intention and the impact of the programme. Seeking innovative practice wasn’t an afterthought, but a core aspect and one that’s yielded huge dividends In the aftermath of the 2017 general...
Trojan Horse: ‘If anyone is still in any doubt that the practices uncovered were inappropriate, just listen to the pupils’
by John Blake | Jun 18, 2017Read Article The collapse of hearings into five senior teachers accused of imposing a hardline interpretation of Islam on secular schools in Birmingham has brought renewed focus to the question of whether schools are equipped to identify and mitigate the risks of...
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