Jason Elsom has had a diverse and successful career in internet innovation, education, and social mobility. After leading some of the UK’s earliest dotcoms to launch the first free internet service and home broadband, Jason turned his attention to education, becoming a teacher of ICT, Head of Faculty, and senior leader in Further Education.
Jason has since launched global skype-a-thons and PopUp College, which took over Costa Coffee stores as adult learning venues after closing time. He then joined Robert Peston’s social mobility charity, Speakers for Schools, which he scaled through the pandemic, delivering inspirational talks and life-changing work experiences from societal leaders and employers.
As the CEO of Parentkind, a federated charity with Parent Teacher Association members making up 5% of all UK charities and 1% of all donations, Jason champions the role of parents in successful educational outcomes. He also sits on the advisory councils of the Foundation for Education Development and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is a Trustee at Cauldwell Youth.
Jason agreed to be part of the inquiry into school inspection because he believes our current curriculum and assessment methodology no longer meet the needs of young people and our inspection framework fails to serve our societal needs, contributing to undue stress on our education system and educators.
He hopes that the inquiry will add to the growing evidence that change is needed and lead to action by political parties to address what is broken in our education system.