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.
Policy Exchange is delighted to announce that David Frum, one of the leading thinkers and writers on public policy in the English-speaking world, is the new Chairman of Trustees of Policy Exchange. He succeeds Lord Finkelstein of Pinner, who is standing down at the end of his three year term.
A Garden Cities Act should be introduced by the next government to enable existing towns and cities to bid for garden city status that will enable them to double in size, providing attractive new homes for thousands of people while preserving the countryside, according to the winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014.
David Rudlin of urban design and research consultancy URBED will be awarded the £250,000 Prize at a gala dinner and awards ceremony this evening in central London.
Today, the final submissions for the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize have been published. According to the finalists, as many as 40 new garden cities, each containing between 10,000 and 50,000 homes, should be built over the next 20 years if politicians are serious about solving Britain’s housing crisis.
Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the nation’s most deprived social housing estates within the next decade. The Estate We’re In highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.
A report released today by Policy Exchange calls for local authorities to consider rewarding people who volunteer their time to clean up and maintain their local parks, allotments and cemeteries with council tax rebates.
To mark the deadline next Monday (11 August) for finalists’ submissions to this year’s £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize, further research analysis released today shows that, by almost 3 to 1 (66% to 23%), Brits want more houses built to keep Britain’s economy growing. There was strong support among all income groups, ages and political persuasions.
Jobcentres are failing to help people find long-term work and should be restructured under new plans that will enable private companies and charities to compete with government providers to offer more personalised and specialist support to jobseekers.