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.
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by Jonathan Simons | Sep 5, 2013Michael 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...
RT @IPPR 🚨 NEW - IPPR and @Policy_Exchange jointly call for a cross-party social care solution based on the principal that it should be free at the point of use New POLLING reveals growing cross-party support for reforms and funding for social care (Thread👇) ippr.org/blog/ippr-p…
RT @rcsloggett COVID 19 must lead to a change in how we fund and reform #socialcare. That is why @Policy_Exchange and @IPPR with the support of @IndependentAge have come together to show cross party consensus is possible and must be acted upon. Our piece in @Telegraph: bit.ly/2Zu1IA6
NEW: Care after Coronavirus: An Emerging Consensus Policy Exchange and @IPPR call for a cross-party social care solution arguing that care should be free at the point of use Polling suggests growing support for reforms in funding social care policyexchange.org.u…