I am the founder and director of the EDSK think tank.

I have spent over 20 years in the world of education. I began my 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, I 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 and working for an MP.

I subsequently spent two years as an advisor to ministers at the Department for Education where I helped to design and deliver new policies as well as improve existing ones. After leaving the Department for Education, I spent two years teaching at a Sixth Form College and then moved back into education policy and research, first at the Reform think tank and then at Policy Exchange.

I have also written extensively for publications such as the TES and Schools Week and have appeared on numerous media outlets including the BBC News Channel, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC and TalkRADIO.