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

  • 02 February 2015 | Massive expansion of academy programme to be announced by Prime Minister

    • Prior to an announcement from the Prime Minister that all schools rated "inadequate" or "requires improvement" will be forced to become academies, The Telegraph cites calls from Policy Exchange's Primary Focus report for all primary schools to become academies.

  • 21 December 2014 | Tories planning major overhaul of ‘unwieldy’ Ofsted

    • In an article on Conservative plans to reform Ofsted, The Telegraph cites Policy Exchange's Watching the Watchmen report which criticised the current schools inspections system for causing schools to manage children’s education on what Ofsted will understand, not necessarily what is in the best interests of the school.

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

  • 27 February 2015 | There is no evidence cutting tuition fees will increase university applications

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, looks at the Labour claim that £9,000 a year tuition fees are putting prospective students off going to university. Jonathan argues that cutting tuition fees would have no appreciable effect on entrance rates, serving only to benefit mostly male higher earners decades from now.

  • 02 February 2015 | Academies after 2015

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out the three questions the government will need to answer in order to effectively implement today's announcement from the Prime Minister that "coasting" schools will be forced to accept new leadership.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 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.

  • 04 November 2014 | "Teaching character education in schools is a waste of time"

    • Both Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt have recently argued for schools to do more to teach ‘character, resilience and grit’. But are these skills really important, and most importantly can they be taught in an effective way which addresses the problems identified? This event will pit two sceptics of the role of formal teaching of character skills against two vociferous defenders of its merit to explore the issue further.