Signing off…

So, it’s official. I’m going to be a maths teacher. Training on the job through the wonderful Lucy Kellaway’s new scheme called Now Teach, in partnership with Ark.

I start in September, in the academy down the road and will be part of the first cohort of Now Teachers. Summer will be spent on an intensive course. (Think of me when you are on the beach….)

Why? Now that the children are a bit older I don’t need to mumtrepreneur any more, so I thought I should do something useful. And, as someone once said, education, education, education…

So I’m signing off from public life for now. It’s been fun. Adieu.

Productivity is a low pay issue too

When politicians talk about the need to raise economic productivity, its often in the context of infrastructure investment and boosting high productivity sectors (finance, engineering, biotech etc). However our low pay sectors are so large that productivity improvements there could not only have macroeconomic consequences but do a lot for other policy objectives such as poverty alleviation. I’m delighted that my recent research report on these issues for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is picked up in today’s Guardian.

Class action: where are the divisions in the British class system today?

I wrote a piece for Progress magazine that attempts to answer the question – if he were writing today, what would Tony Crosland pick out as the determinants of class in British society? It draws on some great work by the LSE and also an analysis we did on the UK’s wealth distribution recently. Once we understand how society is structured, we can consider the policy implications.  Here’s the link.