Tom Richmond

Senior Research Fellow


Tom Richmond spent 15 years in the world of education across different roles. He began his career teaching A-level Psychology at one of the country’s leading state schools, having gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Child Development from the Institute of Education in London. After three years in teaching, he moved into politics to work on policy development and research across the education, skills and welfare sector. This included roles at think tanks such as Policy Exchange and the Social Market Foundation, Pearson, G4S, a leading professional body and also spending a short time working for an MP. He subsequently spent two years as an advisor to ministers at the Department for Education, first under Michael Gove and then Nicky Morgan, where he helped them to design and deliver new policies as well as improve existing ones. After leaving the Department for Education, he spent two years back in teaching at a Sixth Form College in London. At the beginning of 2018, he returned to Westminster as a policy consultant at the Reform think tank and has now joined Policy Exchange to continue his work on education and skills projects.

Tom Richmond

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The skills we need, and why we don’t have them

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