Secondary schools should cover the costs of some or all their students who fail to get a C in GCSE English or maths and end up transferring from the school to a Further Education (FE) College to take their resits.
In a third of local authorities that make up the eight city regions no major employment sites (defined by having 5,000 or more jobs) are within a twenty minute commute by public transport and 80% of these Local Authorities have an unemployment rate above the national average.
Two of the leading research organisations in the country today announced a partnership to produce a major new study into policies to improve air quality in London. Policy Exchange, the UK’s leading think tank, which has a track record of producing ideas that have impacted the policy debate, will join forces with King’s College London’s Environmental Research Group, one of the global experts in air quality science.
Policy Exchange argues that policymakers should prioritise “affordability, affordability, affordability” by beefing up consumer oversight of policy decisions. The average household energy bill has risen by £120 over the past five years purely due to ill thought through energy and climate policies which fail to put affordability at the heart of policymaking.
Leading think tank Policy Exchange has announced new appointments to lead its Diverse Communities Unit. Kulveer Ranger will be the new head of the unit. He takes over from Rishi Sunak who was elected as the Conservative MP for Richmond at the general election.
A major new report, Overlooked but Decisive: Connecting with England’s Just about Managing classes, by leading think tank Policy Exchange examined the values and political attitudes of C1/C2 voters in 119 ‘permanent’ battleground seats in England that are likely to remain critical in future elections. These are the seats that both Labour and the Conservatives need to secure workable parliamentary majorities. 2011 Census data shows that in the vast majority of these marginal seats, C1/C2 voters make up over half of the electorate.
Policy Exchange is delighted to announce the appointment of Charles Moore - the authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher and one of Britain’s most widely read and respected columnists - as its newest Visiting Scholar. Charles will focus on the lessons of Margaret Thatcher’s career for the current political era.
Policy Exchange paper says judges now threaten the fighting capacity of Britain’s armed forces - not least because enemy combatants have been granted the right to sue the Government for breaching their human rights.
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 new report, A Rising Tide: the competitive benefits of Free Schools, by leading think tank Policy Exchange, sets out for the first time detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.