Good news for those who value the Michael Gove education agenda, Rachel Wolf — the founder of the New Schools Network — is joining the Number 10 policy unit. Wolf, who has spent the last few years in the States working on education technology, will be covering tech, innovation and education.
As her work at the New Schools Network demonstrated, where she helped get the first wave of free schools up and running, Wolf gets things done. The fact that Camilla Cavendish, the former Sunday Times columnist who is now in Number 10, has hired her, suggests that Cavendish wants a series of practical ideas from the Policy Unit rather than just blue sky thinking.
Update from Fraser: This is excellent news: Rachel founded the New Schools Network and before that was instrumental in moulding the free schools policy. She then set off for New York, and I’m delighted that she has been tempted back. The Department for Education’s own commitment to school reform is questionable, given that Gove’s wider agenda was to shrink the department to fraction of its former self and then turn it into a free school to make a point. As the Blair years demonstrated, reform is best achieved when it’s being forcefully advocated by people in the department and people in No10. Rachel Wolf is a do-er, the kind of woman whom the Lib Dems would never have let anywhere near No10. Good to see a Conservative majority being used properly.