Education & Arts

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

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  • Knowledge and the Curriculum

    Ahead of a speech by American education academic E. D. Hirsch, Policy Exchange has drawn together a collection from a diverse range of education policy experts discussing the impact that Hirsch's thinking has had on the curriculum.


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    E D Hirsch and the curriculum
  • Crossing the Line

    Secondary schools should cover the costs of some or all their students who fail to get a C in GCSE English or maths and end up transferring from the school to a Further Education College to take their resits.

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    GCSE English and Maths resits
  • What does the Summer Budget mean for Higher Education?

    Universities continue to defy political gravity, argues Policy Exchange Head of Education Jonathan Simons, with a financially generous Summer Budget.

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    The Summer Budget and Higher Education
  • A Rising Tide

    Free Schools are raising standards for other pupils across the local community, especially in some of the poorest performing schools, as well for the pupils who attend them. A Rising Tide sets out for the first time detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.

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    Free Schools

Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 29 September 2015 | Jeremy Corbyn backtracks on abolishing free schools

    • The Telegraph cites findings from Policy Exchange's A Rising Tide report which show that new free schools, rather than sucking talent from and undermining nearby schools, actually help drag up results in neighbouring schools.

  • 27 September 2015 | Protect free school meals, say doctors

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted by BBC News arguing that pilot studies show that universal free school meals don't have a direct impact on improving BMI or childhood obesity, and are not the best use of money in tight financial circumstances.

Latest Education & Arts Publications

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 02 October 2015 | Play hard, work hard

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, looks ahead at the challenges facing the higher education sector, including: a tightening of funding during the spending review; a re-emergence of tuition fees as a political issue and the potential effects of Brexit on international students.

  • 25 September 2015 | A policy guide to what we can expect from Labour under Jeremy Corbyn

    • Policy Exchange's research units set out in brief what Jeremy Corbyn's leadership could mean for the Labour party in the areas of economics and financial policy; devolution; housing; transport; energy and climate change; and education.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 05 October 2015 | Conservative Conference 2015 | Start of a new term: What should the Conservatives’ education priorities be?

    • With Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education; Allan Foulds, ASCL; Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange; Fiona Millar, education writer and journalist.

  • 17 September 2015 | The Annual Education Lecture with E. D. Hirsch

    • We are delighted to announce that the second Policy Exchange Annual Lecture on Education will be given by the American academic and author E. D. Hirsch. Hirsch's work has been influential across the world, not least in the UK, where he is cited as one of the major influencers on the Conservative party’s recent approach to education in particular. He has been named as one of the inspirations behind the curriculum changes made in the last Parliament and is frequently referenced in speeches by politicians from all parties.

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