Jonathan Simons

Team GB’s strategy can’t deliver medals for us all

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

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Amid tinny renditions of God Save the Queen, Olympic medals have been draped over the necks of Team GB with pleasing regularity over the past fortnight.

Two things have tended to dominate Olympic discourse in the UK among educators. One is where the competitors went to school – specifically state versus independent (Yes, Millfield educates a lot of Olympians. If a state school offered massive scholarships to elite children and educated them amid world-class facilities and coaches, might it do quite well?).

The second is whether the UK’s investment in the Olympics bears wider lessons for ...

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