Sam Freedman

Sam Freedman
Sam now works as an adviser in the Department for Education. During his time at Policy Exchange Sam oversaw an extensive research programme on increasing choice and competition in the school system, and on increasing the supply of good teachers. He was previously Head of Research at the Independent Schools Council. He has a first class degree in history from Magdalen college, Oxford; a Masters degree in international history from Oxford and a Research Masters in Public Policy from Birkbeck.Authored Publications

Related Publications

Rising Marks, Falling Standards

The purpose of this report is to investigate the extent to which literacy, numeracy and science have improved since 1997 with a particular focus on SATs at age 7, 11 and 14.

A Guide to School Choice Reforms

This publication sets out a blueprint for creating real school choice in the UK. It also looks at the lessons from the introduction of school choice reforms in Sweden and the USA. A Guide to School Choice Reforms concludes that successful reform will mean combining elements from each system and building on the academies programme. The publication also finds strong evidence that allowing independent providers into the state education system […]

School Funding and Social Justice

School Funding and Social Justice sets out how to establish a 'pupil premium' by attaching extra money for schools to pupils from disadvantaged communities according to their postcode.

More Good Teachers

More Good Teachers demonstrates how we can recruit, retain and develop a new generation of talented, inspired and effective teachers to tackle educational inequality.

Slipping Through The Net: tackling incompetence in the teaching profession

This report looks at the government’s failure to remove poorly‐performing teachers from schools and propose a series of improvements to the capability review process.

Helping Schools Succeed: a framework for English education

Helping Schools Succeed: a framework for English education shows that successful education systems require a coherent structure – something conspicuously lacking in this country.

Helping Schools Succeed: Lessons from Abroad

Helping Schools Succeed: lessons from abroad investigates five systems - New Zealand, Canada (Ontario and Alberta), Hong Kong and Sweden - which generally perform better than England on counts of excellence and equity.

Choice? What Choice? Supply and Demand in English Education

Choice? What Choice? finds that parents often do not have meaningful options about where to send their children to be educated.

Related Blogs

Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture (I)

Sam Freedman, Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact at Teach First and former Head of Education at Policy Exchange, covers Doug Lemov's recent education speech. Sam lists Doug's three simple insights which could drastically improve the way both teachers and children are taught.

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