Jonathan Simons

How reality TV can inspire the X Factor for success

Jonathan Simons, head of education at thinktank Policy Exchange, writes weekly about policy and education

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One of the games that British people can play better than anyone else in the world is using everyday events to make subtle-but-vital distinctions about class. It’s a good game to watch on the almost entirely middle-class medium that is education Twitter. Take discussions about sport, for instance. There are a few of us who enjoy breaking away from endless arguments about the College of Teaching to discuss football on Saturdays. But England rugby games – involving an altogether more gentlemanly pursuit – get much more traffic.

But the biggest divide – in society, in politics and on Twitter – is ...

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