Sir Jon Coles

Jon ColesSir Jon Coles is Chief Executive of United Learning, a group of over 70 independent schools and academies established 130 years ago.

Prior to this, Jon spent four years on the Board of the Department for Education as Director General for Schools and then for Education Standards, responsible for policy areas including the National Curriculum Review, the Academies Act 2010 and National Challenge. Before then, as Director of 14-19 Reform, he led work to increase participation in education and training post-16 and attainment at 19, reduce NEET numbers and reform qualifications. Jon was also Director of London Challenge, responsible for developing and implementing the successful and much-copies strategy to improve secondary education in London.

A qualified secondary teacher, Jon also wrote various Green and White papers, took the 2002 Education Act through Parliament and was responsible for implementing the 1997 infant class size pledge.