Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

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

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    About Education & Arts
  • What does the Summer Budget mean for Higher Education?

    Universities continue to defy political gravity, argues Policy Exchange Head of Education Jonathan Simons, with a financially generous Summer Budget.

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    The Summer Budget and Higher Education
  • 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

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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

  • 13 July 2015 | Additional Policy Exchange analysis of Summer Budget 2015

    • Policy Exchange takes a more detailed look at the Summer Budget, including: the impact of the Living Wage; the reduced pace of departmental spending cuts; the fundamental shift in welfare policy; what awaits Housing Associations; and the impact of changes to energy levies.

  • 30 June 2015 | What is a coasting school? An answer

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out how the government's new measure for coasting schools is likely to work in practice.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 11 June 2015 | Nick Gibb MP - Knowledge is Power: The Social Justice Case for an Academic Curriculum

    • Policy Exchange are delighted to host Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, who will deliver a speech on the importance of academic subjects to delivering a fairer, more socially mobile society. The speech will set out the Government’s plans to build on previous reforms in the last Parliament, including the Conservative Manifesto commitment requiring all secondary school pupils to take GCSEs in EBacc subjects.

  • 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.