Meet the team

Jonathan Clitheroe Director

Hi, I am Jonathan! I work for Real Ideas, go by the title of Head and Learning and Skills, and am a founding member of Badge Nation. I have been at Real Ideas for more than 11 years and love my work of solving problems and creating opportunities in the world of learning skills and employability.

Before Real Ideas I lived and worked in London, Torquay, Liverpool, and Exeter, working mostly for FE Colleges as a lecturer, programme Co-Ordinator, and Department head – I have always loved being part of individuals’ learning, growing, and achieving stuff. Although hugely respectful of formal education and accredited learning, I have always been frustrated that the qualifications did not recognise every achievement of the individuals I worked with.

Like everyone at Badge Nation, I believe Badges are the answer! After discovering them I am a full-on badge convert – now spending most of my time encouraging people to join the Nation and get their badge on. Talk to me about why you should be badging, and how to support your organisation, place, or sector to get badging!

About Badge Nation

With Badge Nation you can easily create your own bespoke badges to acknowledge and reward the achievements of your students, volunteers, colleagues and teams.

Led by Real Ideas and Future Creators, all badges issued by Badge Nation are written using the Cities of Learning badge standard which is endorsed by City and Guilds and the RSA.

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Our Story

Badge Nation is a community of organisations formed to encourage, track, share, recognise, reward and motivate learning and ambition – all via digital badges.

Through Badge Nation you can easily create your own specific badges for your own students, colleagues, or teams.

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