Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

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

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  • 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
  • Jonathan Simons appointed Head of Education at PX

    Policy Exchange is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Simons as our new Head of Education. Simons is one of the most influential thinkers on education policy, having served under the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron as first Senior Policy Adviser and then Head of Education within the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit between 2007 and 2011. Read full press release

     New Head of Education

Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 31 August 2014 | Ofsted scraps grades for individual lessons

    • Covering Ofsted's decision to no longer grade teachers’ individual lessons during school inspections, TES Connect refers to our report Watching The Watchmen. We found that lesson observations are neither valid nor reliable and called for them to be scrapped. The watchdog will now give general feedback following lesson observations and look at lessons across the school.  

  • 24 August 2014 | Overhaul childcare funding to ensure best quality service, says major new report

    • The Independent's political editor Jane Merrick cites findings from Policy Exchange's Quality Childcare report that wealthier parents are receiving better childcare as they can pick more successful nurseries, whereas poorer parents can choose only the cheapest provider.

Latest Education & Arts Publications

  • 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.

  • 17 March 2014 | Watching the Watchmen: The future of school inspections in England

    • 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.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 14 August 2014 | Better with their hands: Getting rid of the stigma around vocational education

    • Policy Exchange's newly appointed Deputy Head of Education, Natasha Porter, sets out what needs to be done to ensure that the Technical Baccalaureate carries as much weight as the A-Level. The Technical Baccalaureate must have tougher entrance criteria, be sufficiently difficult to stretch the most able students, and allow access to some of the best higher education institutions. Only then will it offer a genuine alternative to A-Levels for young people.

  • 11 August 2014 | The Future of Sure Start

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, writes welcoming Lucy Powell MP's sensible position on Sure Start centres. Jonathan highlights how the proposals mirror calls from Policy Exchange's Centres of Excellence? report, looking at how to improve children's centres at a time when money is tight.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 07 June 2014 | What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?

    • As we approach the next General Election, Policy Exchange is hosting a high profile one day Education Conference to discuss what the political parties should commit to in their manifestos for 2015. We are delighted that the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, have both agreed to give keynote addresses.

  • 28 April 2014 | Education: Our Competitive Challenge with Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister of Education

    • Policy Exchange is hosting an event with guest speaker Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education for the Australian federal government and Leader of the House. We are delighted to welcome Mr Pyne to England for his first official visit and host his inaugural speech in this country on education issues.