John Blake

Head of Public Affairs and Engagement, ARK Schools

John Blake drives and supports Ark’s stakeholder engagement and thought leadership on policy and political issues related to schools, education, and Ark’s wider social purpose.

He is a qualified teacher, and worked in the classroom for a decade, including in middle and senior leadership roles, and in roles across highly-successful multi-academy trusts.

He has also held the education brief for one of Britain’s most influential think tanks, and is a frequently published writer on education policy.

He has advised a wide variety of schools and other educational organisations as well as the Department for Education and the No 10 Policy Unit.

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