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Childcare isn’t just a women’s issue

Childcare isn’t just a women’s issue

Harriet Waldegrave, Education Research Assistant at Policy Exchange, argues that International Women’s Day is a good time to challenge the idea that childcare is a just a woman’s issue. Harriet notes that childcare is an economic issue and a child development issue, and should be seen as a women and a men’s issue.

Let’s focus on high quality technical and vocational education

Let’s focus on high quality technical and vocational education

Dr Owen Corrigan, Education Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, sets out findings from his report on vocational education Technical Matters. Dr Corrigan argues that students should be offered an alternative route through the education system that focuses on high quality technical and vocational provision to help meet the needs of pupils better suited to practical subjects.

The coalition needs to improve the quality of childcare, not just the cost

The coalition needs to improve the quality of childcare, not just the cost

Lucy Lee, Head of Education at Policy Exchange, argues that the government needs to address the quality of childcare in the UK. Citing upcoming research by Policy Exchange, Lucy shows that there is a huge discrepancy between the quality of childcare in wealthier areas compared to deprived parts of the country.

Why for-profit companies should take over weak schools

Why for-profit companies should take over weak schools

James O’Shaughnessy, author of recent Policy Exchange report Competition Meets Collaboration on ways to tackle failing schools in the UK, argues that failing schools should join successful Academy chains to drive up standards. If this is ineffective, then he suggests education management organisations, including both profit and not-for-profit, should take on the running of these schools.

A chain reaction that would fix Britain’s failing schools

A chain reaction that would fix Britain’s failing schools

James O’Shaughnessy, former Head of Policy for No. 10 and author of recent Policy Exchange report Competition Meets Collaboration, argues that following the new Ofsted inspection scheme, an increasing number of schools in Britain will be told they are failing. James suggests new ways to tackle this problem, including creating more academy chains.

School Enterprise Zones would turbo-charge Free School Programme

School Enterprise Zones would turbo-charge Free School Programme

Writing in the Sunday Times, Sean Worth, Senior Consultant to Policy Exchange, proposes ideas to turbo-charge the Government’s plans to free up the supply of schools in poorer urban areas by removing restrictions on who could provide schools, as well as lengthy planning requirements.

Raise a glass to students’ success but we need to talk about A-levels

Raise a glass to students’ success but we need to talk about A-levels

David Skelton, Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, argues that A-levels should be judged on the esteem in which they are held by employers and businesses. He argues that schools should use autonomy over their curriculum to teach subjects that are academically rigorous, with real world application, potentially working in conjunction with local universities and businesses.

How can we help children in care? Should we be sending them to boarding school?

How can we help children in care? Should we be sending them to boarding school?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien highlights the fact that, despite legal provisions giving children in care top priority for schools admissions, they are more likely to be in failing schools than other children. He then examines a scheme previously implemented by Andrew Adonis which placed children in care in boarding schools and the positive effects this had.

What about the snobbery that despises vocational education?

What about the snobbery that despises vocational education?

Education Research Fellow Owen Corrigan calls for politicians to dispel the impression that vocational education is a second-class form of education, arguing that it is an important alternative to academic education. He cites highly successful vocational education systems in Germany and Austria which have led to some of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe.

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