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.

Related Posts & Publications

Let’s stop eulogising democratic accountability

Let’s stop eulogising democratic accountability

The diminishing concept of democratic accountability in education is much mourned by some in the policy debate. According to this thesis, what the drive of Academies and free schools has led to, following on from various changes since 1988 and the introduction of...
What will the Spending Review mean for schools?

What will the Spending Review mean for schools?

The Chancellor’s proverbial axe is starting to chop through Whitehall. As I write, 4 departments have already agreed to a settlement which reduces their spending by around 30% by 2020, and DfE will shortly settle their budget ahead of the final announcement of...
Play hard, work hard

Play hard, work hard

As the Tories gather in Manchester, the minds of many will be more on the party aspect than the conference. After all, just a few short months ago all the polls showed that Ed Miliband would by now be prime minister. The conference would thus mark the end of a...