Patrick Watson provides policy intelligence and analysis, with a range of other public affairs support services, to clients in the education, skills, training and guidance sectors.

I am Managing Director of Montrose Public Affairs Consultants Ltd.

I believe that the best education systems, worldwide, give autonomy to schools, rooted in their local communities, to run their own affairs.  Centrally driven interventions should be kept to a minimum, and then only in inverse proportion to success.  Interventions driven by short-term political agendas can, too often, be immensely damaging to learners’ interests, imposing additional costs and bureaucracy on Heads, governors and teachers, while failing to add value or to measurably improve outcomes. Sound  evidence should inform both policy and practice and the system should be accountable and transparent,  driven by learners interests.

Education should not be a state monopoly and there should be mixed service provision, offering a diverse range of service providers from state, profit and not for profit sectors, demand rather than supply driven.

Good teachers and good teaching are at the core of the best education systems. So,  recruit the best,  give them throughout their careers the  best training  and reward  their success. If teachers fail to meet the highest  standards , help them to improve, or assist  their exit from the profession. High quality collaboration, between schools and within schools ,is the key to  improving the quality of teaching, CPD  and  student outcomes.

The Government’s role should be limited to maintaining a  sound  enabling environment, to allow autonomous schools to thrive, to incentivise  excellence, to ensure proper regulation and accountability, for both standards and the use of public funds, while  safeguarding the interests of the most disadvantaged, including, particularly, those most at risk of exclusion.

The views and opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect those of  my clients.

This site includes selected Montrose comment pieces for clients (about fifteen per cent of our comment output) extracted from  different weekly reports.  Our bespoke  client reports,  apart from the policy analysis element , include monitoring of the media,  the web and  blogosphere ( Web sites,blogs and Tweets), Westminster, Whitehall, the Think Tanks, Research and Non Departmental Public Bodies and international developments in education.  Our reports are designed to suit individual clients’ interests and to support senior managers in making informed decisions. We also undertake commissioned research on education policy issues, domestic and international. I have supported CfBT Education, Cambridge Assessment, Gems, Prospects, Careers England, Cognita , University of Buckingham, NordAnglia, SSAT, Cranfield University, the Edge Foundation, Artis Charity, Whole Education, and many others.

I have written for a number of publications and had over fifty letters published in national newspapers.

Apart from all this, I have a wonderful  wife and  family, (son and daughter) sing (bass) in a community choir, play the blues harp, tenor sax,  the  ‘penny /Kerry whistle’ and the cajon.

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e-mail: montrosepw@ntlworld.com

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  1. I absolutely agree!

    Good teachers are the core and need reward, the bad ones need weeding out.

    • Thanks.Problem is that it is not being addressed.Producer interests would prefer to protect incompetent teachers job security rather than look to the interests of the child, though the childs prospects attainment and opporunities will be damaged by poor teachers. Poor teachers should be identified, given professional support if they have the potential to improve or eased out of the profession in the interests of children, and frankly themselves.

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