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
by Jonathan Simons | Jan 30, 2015I have a very short piece in City AM today arguing for the continued relevance of league tables despite the hoo hah over various well known public schools being at the bottom due to a quirk in IGCSEs not being recognised. Let me expand beyond the 160 word limit to set...
by Jonathan Simons | Dec 5, 2014The single biggest predictor of how a child will do at the age of 16 is the educational qualifications of their parents. That stark fact ought to dominate education discussion in England, and any Secretary of State for Education should therefore have it as their...
by Jonathan Simons | Oct 17, 2014On Sunday morning, Tristram Hunt suggested that teachers swear an oath to uphold their professionalism. This provoked, as John Blake of Labour Teachers said on the TES blog, outrage, mockery and bafflement. On Sunday evening, the Government came out with the latest...
by Jonathan Simons | Aug 11, 2014Sure Start is totemic for Labour. Tony Blair called it “one of New Labour’s greatest achievements”. So it is no surprise that as part of Labour’s summer offensive, Lucy Powell should release statistics showing that over 600 Sure Start centres have closed since 2010,...
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