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Jonathan Simons

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Varkey Foundation.


Jonathan Simons
Jonathan is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Varkey Foundation, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to improving education standards across the world by catalysing a sustainable change in the way that teachers are trained, perceived and treated.

Previously, Jonathan was Head of Education at Policy Exchange, where he wrote over 15 major reports, book chapters and policy documents across all aspects of education.

Jonathan has also worked at Serco Group, as Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, and as 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, a Trustee of Astrea Multi Academy Trust, and a Trustee of Ambition School Leadership. He writes a column for the TES newspaper on politics and education policy.