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Six key facts for A Level results day

Six key facts for A Level results day

As A Level students across the country find out their results today, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education Jonathan Simons sets out the success story behind improved universities funding and access.

What is a coasting school?

What is a coasting school?

On the back of announcements by Nicky Morgan last weekend, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education Jonathan Simons considers which schools the government may be about to classify as coasting and in need of further attention.

Priorities for the new BIS team

Priorities for the new BIS team

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, sets out the priorities facing the new BIS team. He lists higher education (including shifting fees and the future of international students), science, further education and skills as their top priorities.

Schools policy challenges after the election

Schools policy challenges after the election

In a blog based on a speech he made earlier today, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education Jonathan Simons discusses the policy challenges facing schools after the election. Jonathan argues that the closeness of the election will make it difficult to enact significant education reforms.

“I can’t do maths”

“I can’t do maths”

Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Head of Education, criticises the social acceptance of poor numeracy as innate – that one can naturally be “bad at maths”. She reiterates the call from our Education Manifesto for all students to be made to study maths to age 18.

New Schools under Labour

New Schools under Labour

Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Head of Education, welcomes Labour’s ongoing commitment to new schools as part of overall school improvement in coastal and former mining areas, but urges Labour to allow new parent schools to be set up there even if there isn’t a shortage of places.

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