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  • 30 October 2014 | State education sector needs more effective oversight, says audit office

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in The Guardian responding to a National Audit Office report which claims that 1.6 million pupils are still being taught in state-funded schools rated less than good. Jonathan argues that effective oversight of school performance is vital for protecting taxpayers, parents and pupils and that the report highlights the need for some important changes to the accountability regime.

  • 27 October 2014 | Questions raised over Ofsted quality after cut-and-paste sacking

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in Academies Week commenting on the dismissal of an Ofsted lead inspector who was found to have copied and pasted whole paragraphs from previous reports. Jonathan argues that the apparent lack of quality control measures that allowed this to continue for a couple of years is troubling. Our report, Watching the Watchmen, in which we called for unreliable lesson observations to be scrapped as part of school inspections in cited in the article.

  • 23 October 2014 | British elections are 'seriously open to fraud', warns thinktank

    • Our latest report, Electoral Omission, is covered by The Daily Telegraph. The report highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

Blogs

  • 27 October 2014 | A transformation of healthcare is now on the horizon

    • Policy Exchange’s newly appointed Head of Health, Thomas Cawston, argues that, while politicians may be wary of health reform, the scale of the challenge and the size of the opportunity is too important an issue to push to the side-lines.

  • 17 October 2014 | It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.

  • 17 October 2014 | A tale of two education announcements

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, contrasts recent announcements on education policy from the Labour and Conservative Parties. Jonathan sets out how the varied reactions to these announcements provide an interesting illustration as to the current state of education political communications.  

Press Releases

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Commission is not fit for purpose, says think tank

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

  • 15 October 2014 | Unemployment benefits to vary depending on how long an individual has worked under radical shake-up of welfare system

    • Every worker in Britain will have to pay into a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. For the first time people who have worked hard and paid their taxes will receive a greater level of out of work support. The majority of people who work all their lives could end up with a £10,000 pot when they retire, providing a significant income boost considering the average pension pot is just £36,800.

  • 23 September 2014 | 1 in 5 primary schools at risk of failing from 2016

    • Over 3,000 primary schools (20%) could fall below the government’s tough new minimum standards in reading and writing and maths in 2016. A “perfect storm” of challenges will see a number of head teachers retire, a continued drop off in local authority funding for primaries and the introduction of a new national curriculum and assessment systems, putting more pressure on teachers.

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