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

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No such thing as a free lunch?

No such thing as a free lunch?

It’s safe to say that the announcement by Nick Clegg yesterday that free school meals (FSM) will be extended to all five, six and seven year olds from next year, was not met with universal acclaim. Some of course welcomed it – who wouldn’t like the idea of children...
The importance of teaching

The importance of teaching

Michael Gove is often seen – as he admits himself – as a fierce opponent of teachers. However in this speech, which began by describing how he gave thanks every day for the great teachers in schools, and continued to describe it as the ‘noblest profession’, he...