Education & Arts

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

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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
  • Teach First adopts PX recommendation to extend to early years

    Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has announced that Teach First will be opened up to would-be early educators, a recommendation Policy Exchange first made in our January report Quality Childcare.

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    Childcare

Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 15 April 2014 | Ofsted: not fit for purpose

    • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers cites Policy Exchange's Ofsted report, Watching the Watchmen, in the cover story in their monthly magazine. They cite the report's findings that lesson observations are unreliable and should be scrapped, that inspectors lack the necessary skills to make fair judgments and that Ofsted should radically reduce or abolish the number of inspectors contracted to private outsourcing companies.

  • 14 April 2014 | Teachers demand code of conduct for Ofsted inspectors

    • The Independent cites Policy Exchange's Watching the Watchmen report in article on the ATL's annual conference. They cite findings from the report that Ofsted lesson observations are so unreliable that flipping a coin would better determine the level of teaching quality in schools.

Latest Education & Arts Publications

  • 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.

  • 03 January 2014 | Reversing the ‘Widget Effect’: The introduction of performance-related pay for all teachers in English schools

    • Reversing the 'Widget Effect' welcomes the government’s introduction of performance pay in schools. The report shows that performance-related pay has been implemented in other countries without adverse effects for teachers or students, and finds that overwhelmingly teachers want to be paid based on the quality of their teaching. The report stresses that the system implemented must be fair and transparent in order to succeed, and sets out what a well-designed system would look like.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 04 April 2014 | Primary Assessment and Accountability Reform

    • Annaliese Briggs, Policy Exchange's Education Research Fellow, responds to the Department for Education's recent publication detailing reforms to primary school assessment and accountability. Annaliese argues that we are likely going to see a wholesale change to the structure of measuring pupil progress over the next couple of years, because current National Curriculum levels are vague, subjective and unreliable.

  • 31 March 2014 | Watching the Watchmen - an update

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, responds to comments made following our recent report on Ofsted, Watching the Watchmen, and reflects on Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech at the ASCL Conference. Jonathan reiterates some of the recommendations of the report, such as the need to maintain lesson observations in certain cases. In addition, he calls for more transparency and for schools to be given more power over decision-making. 

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 07 April 2014 | Quality of Teaching in Early Years with Elizabeth Truss MP

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to host Elizabeth Truss MP, Minister for Education and Childcare, to speak on how we can improve the quality of Early Years teaching. The Minister will discuss how quality in Early Years teaching can be defined and measured, how it can be improved, and how mechanisms including the Early Years Pupil Premium, as announced in the recent Budget, might help to improve social mobility.

  • 10 December 2013 | 25th Anniversary of the Education Reform Act 1988

    • We are delighted to host the launch of a new publication celebrating a quarter century since the Act’s passing. The panel discussion will cover the history behind the Act’s development, its impact on schools and discuss how the Act still influences education today.