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Let’s stop eulogising democratic accountability

Let’s stop eulogising democratic accountability

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, debunks the argument that local democratic pressures exerted on councils force them to hold schools to account for their performance. Jonathan shows that in reality, in 16 of the lowest performing areas in the country for education, the parties controlling those councils were actually more likely to hold or increase their council majority than to lose control.

The promise of tech must not make us forget what we already know works in education

The promise of tech must not make us forget what we already know works in education

Following a roundtable at Google Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, warns against the approach to education that some tech evangelists are adopting. He rejects calls to move away from knowledge into skills, moving away from academic exams and simply focusing on what employers want, and stresses the importance instead of getting smart, skilled people interested in teaching.

What will the Spending Review mean for schools?

What will the Spending Review mean for schools?

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, looks at the challenges facing schools in the Spending Review. School funding reform is likely to hit schools with higher funding, due to the protection of the schools budget, areas that were cut in the last Parliament will be cut again, and because the schools budget is only protected in cash terms, schools will lose money in real terms.

Play hard, work hard

Play hard, work hard

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, looks ahead at the challenges facing the higher education sector, including: a tightening of funding during the spending review; a re-emergence of tuition fees as a political issue and the potential effects of Brexit on international students.

Ministers should add social media to the education mix

Ministers should add social media to the education mix

James Frayne, Policy Exchange’s Director of Policy & Strategy, calls for the government to consider creating an online platform that sets out exactly what the best schools demand from top performers, in order to allow other parents and pupils to emulate their success.

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