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

  • 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.

  • 27 October 2014 | Questions raised over Ofsted quality after cut-and-paste sacking

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in Academies Week commenting on the dismissal of an Ofsted lead inspector who was found to have copied and pasted whole paragraphs from previous reports. Jonathan argues that the apparent lack of quality control measures that allowed this to continue for a couple of years is troubling. Our report, Watching the Watchmen, in which we called for unreliable lesson observations to be scrapped as part of school inspections in cited in the article.

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

  • 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.  

  • 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.

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