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 | May 13, 2015From having been, in some people’s eyes (including, er, mine), set for axing or major restructuring, BIS finds itself in an unexpectedly strong position today, with a fresh ministerial team made up of high profile and influential MPs within this majority Conservative...
by Jonathan Simons | Apr 30, 2015I spoke this morning at an IPPR seminar on schools policy challenges after the election. This is a summary of the perspective I offered, seven days out. Although there are distinct policy and philosophical differences between the two parties on education, in practice...
by Jonathan Simons | Mar 9, 2015It is often forgotten that the Conservatives first committed to the principle of ‘free schools’ free from local council control in their 2001 manifesto. It is even more frequently forgotten – not least by the Labour party – that Tony Blair explicitly committed to them...
by Jonathan Simons | Feb 27, 2015Labour’s announcement that it will cap tuition fees at a maximum of £6,000 over the next Parliament is framed in the context of the previous system being financially unsustainable as well as debt putting students off. The data, however, tells a different story. Take...
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