Simon Tanner,

Associate Director

Throughout his career, he has developed wide-ranging experience of, and expertise in, policy and delivery issues related to work with children and young people, with schools and the voluntary and community sector. His understanding of the challenges faced by delivery agents seeking to tackle exclusion, disadvantage, involving service users, and develop effective services is highly developed from practical experience of the issues faced by agencies delivering these kinds of services.

He has conducted over 100 face-to-face interviews with school staff, children and young people, businesses, employer organisations, FE colleges, and training agencies. He has also conducted over 50 focus groups with a range of people from the general public, service users, to business and senior public sector managers.


He has also conducted a range of case study work in primary and secondary schools and other community settings, interviewing school staff and pupils about aspirations, attendance patterns, and comments on service provision and quality.


T: 01545 571711



Simon draws on over 18 years of unparalleled practical hands-on experience of  Early Years, Schools and Post 16 skills and training research, evaluation and policy development work for FOCUS Central London Training and Enterprise Council (TEC), the London Central Learning and Skills Council, and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

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