Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

    Shaping education policies which value excellence and are relevant for the 21st Century student.

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  • 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
  • What should the parties promise on education in 2015?

    You can now watch our #PXed2015 education conference, featuring speeches from Michael Gove, Tristram Hunt and the inspiring former Obama education adviser Michael Johnston.

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  • Watching the Watchmen

    Watching the Watchmen calls for a fundamental change in the power relationship between schools and Ofsted. It calls for lesson observations to be ditched,for Ofsted to consider abolishing or radically reducing the number of inspectors contracted to private companies and for inspectors to have relevant and recent teaching experience. It also proposes a new two-stage inspection process that will allow more resources to be focused on struggling schools.

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    Ofsted
  • Centres of Excellence?

    The role of Children’s Centres in early intervention

    Centres of Excellence? argues that in a time of stretched budgets, supporting high quality care for children from deprived backgrounds offers greater value for money than subsidies to the richest parents. It also argues that the government is right to allow childcare to be delivered in a range of settings, rather than just Children’s Centres.

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    Children's Centres

Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 06 November 2014 | Why schools can't teach character

    • Spectator columnist and free school founder Toby Young sets out his argument from Policy Exchange's recent debate on character education. Young argues that the evidence shows that the character traits character education seeks to instil - "stick-to-it-ness and the ability to bounce back from defeat" - are largely genetically dictated.

  • 30 October 2014 | State education sector needs more effective oversight, says audit office

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in The Guardian responding to a National Audit Office report which claims that 1.6 million pupils are still being taught in state-funded schools rated less than good. Jonathan argues that effective oversight of school performance is vital for protecting taxpayers, parents and pupils and that the report highlights the need for some important changes to the accountability regime.

Latest Education & Arts 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.

  • 12 August 2014 | Only A Matter of Time? A framework for the most effective way to lengthen the school day in England

    • Both Labour and the Conservatives have recently called for more schools to run longer days – either to provide more opportunities for extra curricular activities, to help learning, or to provide a safe and secure place for childcare for working parents. Our report, and accompanying polling from YouGov, looks at what a longer day might look like in practice.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 05 December 2014 | 5 reasons why a return to grammar schools is a bad idea

    • Natasha Porter and Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head and Head of Education, argue that – contrary to what the backers of more grammar schools say – selective education was actually bad for social mobility. They show that grammar schools left behind those who did not attend them in terms of both grades and pay, that grammar schools take fewer poor students and that they did not necessarily provide a good education.

  • 17 October 2014 | A tale of two education announcements

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, contrasts recent announcements on education policy from the Labour and Conservative Parties. Jonathan sets out how the varied reactions to these announcements provide an interesting illustration as to the current state of education political communications.  

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 04 November 2014 | "Teaching character education in schools is a waste of time"

    • Both Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt have recently argued for schools to do more to teach ‘character, resilience and grit’. But are these skills really important, and most importantly can they be taught in an effective way which addresses the problems identified? This event will pit two sceptics of the role of formal teaching of character skills against two vociferous defenders of its merit to explore the issue further.

  • 21 October 2014 | Sam Gyimah MP: Why schools should be involved in nursery provision

    • We are delighted to welcome the new Minister for Early Years and Childcare, Sam Gyimah, to Policy Exchange to give his first major speech in his new position. His speech will be followed by a short panel discussion and audience Q+A.