Welcome to my website. I set up this site as a way of storing reports, articles and other publications that I’ve worked on in the past as well as displaying my media appearances. I have also included a short biography and a contact form, should you wish to find out more.

THE GREAT TRAINING ROBBERY

Now that the apprenticeship levy has completed its first full year of operation, this report reviews the available evidence to determine whether the levy will, as the Government hopes, “incentivise more employers to provide quality apprenticeships” and “transform the lives of young people who secure them”. In the six months after the levy was introduced…

FREE SCHOOLS: AT WHAT COST?

The world of education has never been short of initiatives and fads, some of which added value whereas many do not. While the number of Free Schools remains relatively small compared to the total stock of local maintained schools across England, the considerable political and financial investment that they have received will inevitably draw attention…

PRIVATELY FAILING THEIR PUPILS?

This new analysis shows that, while some private schools do a good job of educating children and young people, many do not. Given the Government’s commitment to forcing the private sector to become more involved in assisting state schools, it is somewhat alarming that the top state comprehensives seem to be delivering a better standard…

TES and FE WEEK articles (May-July 2017)

Here are three articles that I wrote for two magazines that cover a wide range of education and skills issues, including the impact that Michael Gove’s legacy is having on Justine Greening’s work as Education Secretary as well as analysis of the Institute for Apprenticeships and the importance of ensuring apprentices receive substantial off-the-job training:…

THE SKILLS WE NEED, AND WHY WE DON’T HAVE THEM

Apprenticeships have enormous potential. In terms of brand awareness amongst employers and would-be apprentices, they offer the best route for delivering high quality technical education. But the concern is that not enough of the new apprenticeship standards will deliver the quality that is needed. This report concludes that it is time to put the Government’s…

TES articles (Jan-Aug 2016)

You can read a selection of articles that I have written for the TES magazine in this section, including my look at the future of Ofsted, the research evidence on grammar schools, the prescience of the Labour Party’s election manifesto in 2015, how exam board franchising might work and the 9-1 grading scale for GCSEs…

GETTING THE JOB DONE: THE GOVERNMENT’S REFORM PLAN FOR VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

This publication described the steps taken to reform the use of vocational qualifications (based on occupation or employment) in full-time education, including a timetable for the introduction of the reforms. The reform programme aimed to ensure that qualifications: give employers greater ownership of occupational standards and qualifications are designed and assessed in light of the…

FUTURE OF APPRENTICESHIPS: IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

Following a Government consultation on how to reform our Apprenticeship system, this Implementation Plan set out the policy, process and timescales for reforming apprenticeships in England. The reforms were designed to ensure that Apprenticeships become more rigorous and more responsive to the needs of employers. This would be achieved by improving the quality of Apprenticeships…

G4S WELFARE TO WORK – ANNUAL REVIEW

This ‘annual review’ contained a wide range of information about how G4S Welfare to Work supported jobseekers in the South East, Yorkshire and Humber and the North West through the Work Programme – the Government’s flagship scheme for helping long-term unemployed people into employment.  The review included case studies of the jobseekers that G4S helped into…