Richard Brooks was senior policy adviser to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 to 09. In this role he was responsible for advising on education policy, further education and skills, qualifications, education funding, accountability and local delivery. He then became Director of Strategy at Ofsted from 2009-13.
Richard was previously Associate Director for Public Services at IPPR and Research Director at the Fabian Society. He led the Secretariat for the Fabian Commission on Child Poverty and Life Chances. He is the author, co-author, or project director for numerous publications on public services, welfare, and especially education. These include Ofsted’s report ‘Unseen Children’ on the achievement of pupils from low-income families.
Richard is now an independent consultant, working on a range of strategic issues for public and third sector organisations. Over the past year he has been working in Coventry for the Cabinet Member for Education with the objective of reducing the number of young people in that city who become NEET. He has previously been a councillor and cabinet member in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.