Jonathan Simons

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Varkey Foundation


Jonathan is the newly appointed Director at the not-for-profit organisation established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world. He was formerly Head of the Education Unit at Policy Exchange, where he directed research on all aspects of education including Early Years, schools, skills and HE. Previously Jonathan worked at Serco Group, where he was Director of Strategy in the company’s specialist education practice. Prior to that, he was Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, and Head of Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Outside of work Jonathan is the Chair of Governors and Co-Founder of Greenwich Free School, and a Trustee of Reach4 Multi Academy Trust. He writes a weekly column for the TES newspaper on politics and education policy.

Jonathan Simons

Related Posts & Publications

Watching the Watchmen – an update

Watching the Watchmen – an update

On the Monday before last we published our report on Ofsted reform, Watching the Watchmen. I was really pleased with the number of people who have taken the time to read it, comment on it, and challenge some of the proposals within it. This publication was then...
Two cheers for UCAS figures

Two cheers for UCAS figures

The two charts above – from the report here – are some of the most encouraging charts of recent times in public policy. The first chart shows the application rates to UK universities for the most disadvantaged 18 year olds. That rise is very significant – applications...