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Making innovation in education more manageable


September 2023

Making innovation in education more manageable

Innovate-ED is a project of The Foundation for Education Development with support from the British Education Suppliers Association and the Jaffa Foundation to share ideas and formulate education policy to make innovation in education more manageable. 

View our Think Piece and join the discussion forum below.

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Windsor Conference Sponsor/Brookings institution and FED

June 2023

It was great to spend two days in the company of inspiring individuals in Windsor Castle workshopping the future of education.

So many amazing voices and ideas where shared by my fellow attendees including: Andreas SchleicherRebecca WinthropCarl WardElijah BachNick KindJo MaloneRania MarandosBen MasonEssie NorthMeredith ReeveKaren ScottTrish SparksMichael TrucanoOkan DursunMartin McKay (FloD)Jonas Andrew-Phillip, Lella Violet Halloum, Penelope H.Claire Muhlawako Madzura, and Victor Sosanya.

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FED Council Member and Workstream 1 Co-chair

October 2021 to July 2022

The FED is an education policy non-profit dedicated to the belief that long-term strategic education planning is vital to the success of countries and their people. FED provides an independent and neutral space for stakeholders to help shape the future of education. FED’s National Education Consultation Report can be downloaded here

David Jaffa served as Co-chair of Workstream 1 on the vision and purpose of education and led a consultation on ‘Innovation in Education’.

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FED Celebration of 150 years of state education


Guildhall, City of London

Nov 23, 2021

​David Jaffa spoke on behalf of FED's Workstream 1 - Vision and Purpose of Education

Link to speech here

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BETT awards 

BETT Outstanding Achievement Award Winner


22nd July 2021

David received the 2021 BETT Outstanding Achievement Award for his lifetime achievements in EdTech.

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Education Virtual Roundtable

“How do we help disadvantaged students catch up and ensure social mobility following their return to school after COVID-19?”


July 21, 2020

The roundtable is chaired by David Jaffa, Founder of SAM Learning and Jaffa Foundation, joined by panellists:

  • David Johnston OBE MP – Education Select Committee Member & Former CEO of the Social Mobility Foundation

  • Naomi Eisenstadt CB – Inaugural Director of the DfE’s Sure Start Unit, Independent Advisor to the First Minister of Scotland, Trustee at Education Endowment Foundation, Fellow of the University of Oxford and the LSE.

  • John Murphy – Chief Executive, Oasis Community Learning

  • Virendra Sharma MP – Labour MP for Ealing Southall 

The link to the roundtable discussion is here

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APPG on Digital Skills


"The bright future of workplace skills"

January 28, 2020

David Jaffa spoke at the APPG on Digital Skills meeting on 'The Education System' (@DigiSkillsAPPG). His talk on 'The bright future of workplace skills' can be found here

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Digital Skills is a forum for parliamentarians, educators and employers to promote the importance of digital skills and to encourage a greater understanding of digital skills for personal, educational and career development.

  • Julie Elliott MP, Chair 

  • Chris Green MP, Vice Chair

  • Lord Knight of Weymouth, Vice Chair

  • Nigel Huddleston MP, Officer 

  • Lord Lucas, Officer 

The APPG on Digital Skills is sponsored by: 

  • Google 

  • BT 

  • City and Guilds 

  • The Education Technology Association 

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Meeting with Rob Halfon

House of Commons


July 17 2019

Meeting with Education Select Committee Chair and all round good guy, Rob Halfon MP to discuss the skills agenda.

Addendum: Rob was appointed Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education on October 26, 2022

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2019 TPEA Conference: A Richer Curriculum

"The life skills to flourish are very predictable"

July 13, 2019

What skills do our children need to flourish and make a huge contribution in the global economy? David Jaffa's talk on "The life skills to flourish are very predictable" can be found here

The Technology, Pedagogy and Education (TPEA) conference celebrates the breadth of digital technologies from early years to higher education in pursuit of developing a creative workforce who are engaged citizens in a digital and global world. Key issues in our ever-changing education system include the growing influence of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the development of digital literacy and skills in learners of all ages.

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Awoworso Yiti Primary School, Ghana


School building project in partnership with Plan UK/Plan Ghana​



150 student primary school built in Aworworso Yiti, Ghana in partnership with Plan Ghana and dedicated to the memory of Michael Jaffa. The local community provided the labor and finance was provided for building materials and specialised tradesmen. The school opening was attended by the local chief, MP and chief of police along with David’s father Malcolm Jaffa and aunt Lorna Jaffa, the retired Deputy Head of an English Primary School and Michael Jaffa’s mother. David was made a tribal african chief ‘Nene Bawa III’. On the same trip David attended the opening of another Plan school in the same region that was financed by BESA (British Education Suppliers Association) and represented BESA.

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