Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

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

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  • 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
  • Education Manifesto

    The Education Manifesto offers a suite of education policy proposals, including ideas on compulsory maths for all 16-18 year olds, a student debt forgiveness scheme for teachers in state schools, incentives to attract teachers to work and stay in regions and a publicly funded retraining scheme linked to growth sectors in the UK’s new industrial strategy.

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    Education Manifesto
  • 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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Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 30 March 2015 | Teachers threaten parents over video games

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted by The Times responding to letters from schools in Cheshire threatening parents with police involvement in order to prevent their children staying up late playing video games. Jonathan argues that whilst schools should try and help on issues that negatively affect pupils' work, involving the police is unlikely to be helpful.

  • 26 March 2015 | ‘Let schools pay top teachers 25% more,’ mobility tsar says

    • The Telegraph covers Alan Milburn's recent speech at Policy Exchange on education and social mobility, at which he called on government to give 2,000 teachers 25% pay rises if they agree to work in the most challenging schools. The Telegraph highlights that Milburn's comments echo Policy Exchange work in this area.

Latest Education & Arts Publications

  • 09 March 2015 | A Rising Tide: The Competitive Benefits of Free Schools

    • 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.

  • 06 March 2015 | Education Manifesto

    • The Education Manifesto offers a suite of education policy proposals, including ideas on compulsory maths for all 16-18 year olds, a student debt forgiveness scheme for teachers in state schools, incentives to attract teachers to work and stay in regions and a publicly funded retraining scheme linked to growth sectors in the UK’s new industrial strategy.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 01 April 2015 | “I can’t do maths”

    • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, criticises the social acceptance of poor numeracy as innate - that one can naturally be "bad at maths". She reiterates the call from our Education Manifesto for all students to be made to study maths to age 18.

  • 11 March 2015 | New Schools under Labour

    • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, welcomes Labour’s ongoing commitment to new schools as part of overall school improvement in coastal and former mining areas, but urges Labour to allow new parent schools to be set up there even if there isn’t a shortage of places.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 26 March 2015 | Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility – a focus for the next five years and beyond

    • Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, will deliver a keynote speech on the topic of education and social mobility. The speech will examine what actions the next government will need to take to ensure that education, especially technical and vocational education, can play in maximising opportunities for social mobility.

  • 12 January 2015 | A screening of The Fountainhead with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of regular film screenings introduced by political figures, in conjunction with the Crossbench Film Society. Our first guest is The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will be providing some introductory remarks on King Vidor's 1949 adapation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.