Jon worked in the Department for Education from 2003 to 2016 as a statistician.
Most recently he led the Department’s Revenue Funding Analysis Unit managing a broad portfolio of high profile analytical work including for the National Funding Formula; the 2015 Spending Review; and the education white paper Education Excellence Everywhere.
Prior to that, Jon was the Department’s lead statistician on academies and school organisation and was instrumental in a number of major reforms including:
- the establishment of Regional Schools Commissioners;
- the Education and Adoption Act; and
- developing and publishing ground breaking measures for assessing the performance of academy chains which will be implemented within the accountability system.
Jon has also been responsible for research and statistics in relation to child poverty (including for the Government’s first child poverty strategy) working across Whitehall, with local authorities, lobby groups, and national and international experts. He was the Department’s policy lead on school efficiency and has also worked on school target setting, school accountability, pupil progress, access to higher education, the link between resources and attainment, and was seconded to Ofsted to help secure the delivery of RAISEOnline.
Since joining the EPI, Jon has authored the following major reports:
- School performance in multi-academy trusts and local authorities
- Grammar schools and social mobility
- Faith Schools, pupil performance, and social selection
- Grammar schools and social mobility – Further analysis of policy options
- Entry and attainment in STEM subjects at GCSE in grammar school areas
- The Economic Benefits of Joining, Establishing or Growing a Multi-Academy Trust
- Annual London Education Report 2017
- The implications of the National Funding Formula for schools