• PX Director Dean Godson included in The Times Power List

    Policy Exchange was delighted to see Director Dean Godson as a new entry in The Times Power List. Previous Director and Osborne adviser Neil O'Brien also made the list.

    Dean Godson makes Times Power 100
  • Conference Events 2014

    Policy Exchange has an exciting schedule at all three of the party conferences this year. Speakers include Nicky Morgan, Liz Truss, Brandon Lewis, Matthew Hancock, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint, Jeremy Browne and many more.

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    Conference 2014
  • Primary Focus

    A “perfect storm” of challenges could see over 3,000 primary schools (20%) falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016. Primary Focus says the most effective way to ensure teachers and schools have the capability and capacity to cope with these challenges is to convert all primary schools into Academies, and then ask each school to join an Academy ‘chain’ by 2020.

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    Primary Schools
  • Policy Exchange appoints David Frum as new chairman

    Policy Exchange is delighted to announce that David Frum, one of the leading thinkers and writers on public policy in the English-speaking world, is the new Chairman of Trustees of Policy Exchange. He succeeds Lord Finkelstein of Pinner, who is standing down at the end of his three year term.

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    Policy Exchange appoints David Frum new chairman
  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

    The second Wolfson Economics Prize was awarded to David Rudlin of URBED. His entry, which proposed extending existing cities according to garden city principles, was unanimously voted the winner by the Judges.

    Read the winning entry and more here

    Wolfson Economics Prize

In the news

  • 24 September 2014 | John Denham: £9K fee system ‘wastes money’

    • Our Labour Party Conference fringe event, Why on earth does going to university cost so much money? is covered by Times Higher Education. Speaking on the panel, Rt Hon John Denham MP, former Secretary of State, Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, argued that the £9,000 fee system “wastes money hand over fist.”

  • 23 September 2014 | Make all state schools academies, says report by rightwing thinktank

    • Our report, Primary Focus is covered by The Guardian. The report calls for all primary schools to convert into Academies and join a "chain" by 2020 to ensure that, in the face of multiple challenges (including a new curriculum and assessment systems), teachers and schools have the capacity and capability to meet tough new minimum standards being introduced in 2016.

New publications

  • 23 September 2014 | Primary Focus: The next stage of improvement for primary schools in England

    • A “perfect storm” of challenges could see over 3,000 primary schools (20%) falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016. Primary Focus says the most effective way to ensure teachers and schools have the capability and capacity to cope with these challenges is to convert all primary schools into Academies, and then ask each school to join an Academy ‘chain’ by 2020.

  • 22 August 2014 | The Estate We’re In: Lessons from the Front Line

    • Written by inner-city crime writer Gavin Knight, The Estate We're In calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. The report highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.

Blogs

  • 26 September 2014 | The advantages of scale

    • Annaliese Briggs, Policy Exchange's Education Research Fellow, explains the thinking behind our recently published report, Primary Focus. The report highlights how a “perfect storm” of challenges could see 1 in 5 primary schools falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016 and proposes grouping schools together into formal academy chains, building capacity and capability.

  • 25 September 2014 | The skills debate is critical to the future of our coastal towns

    • Policy Exchange's Director of Communications Nick Faith highlights the fact that, although people can see the economy improving many are still not seeing their own life circumstances improving. Nick highlights the plight of coastal towns in particular, and calls for the government to address the economic problems people are facing through a focus on improving training, jobs and wages.

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