66 Organisations That Influence Education Policy

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Who are the organisations that influence school policy and what influence do they have on education pedagogy?

Following on from an original popular post, 52 Organisations That Influence School Policy published in 2017, @LouisMMCoiffait and I thought it would prove useful to rekindle a debate on the organisations that shape the educational landscape.

Who has a high or low impact?

In the diagram below, we have indicated 66 organisations and their influence on school policy, and if this impact is high or low. We have excluded think tanks and any press organisations.


66 Organisations That Influence UK School Policy


You can download the graphic here.

It is worth noting, that this is an informal blog and there is no intention to harm any organisations from making these assumptions. Of course there will be some missing, but there is an evolving need for teachers to become more savvy of all the organisations that have some influence over school policy.

Comment below for all readers to see; where do you think the organisations should be placed differently (and why). 

  1. Don’t call themselves think tanks and often have other priorities, not part of a government or the press, but influence England schools policy all the same
  2. Influence on UK school policy influence = purely subjective (albeit informed) judgement calls / space on page / logo shape
  3. The traditional ‘left-right’ political spectrum does not apply to this chart
  4. Additional metrics could include transparency, ‘traditional vs progressive’, scale of resources, degree of ‘evidence-informed’, and ‘years established’
  5. Please say where you think your org. should be placed differently (and why) – constructive feedback welcome, this is intended to be a bit of fun to prompt debate
  6. This is based on one, two, three, four and five blogs Louis Coiffait has done with @TeacherToolkit


In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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