Tom Richmond

Senior Research Fellow, Policy Exchange
Speaking at


How do you write research that makes politicians stop and listen?

Are you interested in publishing research about education issues that will change what politicians do and say? This session will cover a range of different ways in which you can increase the likelihood that the people you are trying to influence will hear about your research and perhaps even change their minds as a result. The session will also help you understand how Westminster politics operates as well as discuss ways to make education research fit around the reality of how government ministers and other politicians make decisions (both good and bad ones!).


Tom is a Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Exchange think-tank. He has spent 15 years in the world of education, moving between the classroom and Westminster. In addition to surviving six years as a teacher, he has worked in policy development and research across the education, skills and welfare sector. This has included roles at three think-tanks, major private sector organisations and spending two years as an advisor to ministers at the Department for Education.