Education & Arts

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    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

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Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 08 July 2014 | Robots will take over middle-class professions, says minister

    • The Telegraph covers David Willetts's speech at Policy Exchange's Rise of the Robots event. Willetts speculated that, counter-intuitively, a lot of middle class jobs that have historically been considered safe are perhaps at most risk of becoming automated. Such "routine, cognitive" work includes professions such as accountancy and even journalism.

  • 04 July 2014 | Running a school is no piece of cake, universities find

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in the TES discussing the problematic experience universities have had running schools. Jonathan argues that, despite early problems, universities should not be deterred from helping to run schools. It is in universities interests to be engaged with schools - future undergraduates, future academic staff and all other staff that universities depend on all come out of 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

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.