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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.

Post-Paris priorities: the end of unabated coal

Post-Paris priorities: the end of unabated coal

Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, argues that, whilst the UK’s plans to phase out coal power generation will deliver significant decarbonisation for relatively little cost, the challenge of maintaining security of supply as the coal fleet retires will be large.

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.

Why we must do more to tackle London’s air pollution crisis

Why we must do more to tackle London’s air pollution crisis

Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, sets out the findings from our new report on air pollution in London, Up In the Air. The report reveals that 25% of London’s school children, and 44% of London’s workers spend their day in areas with NO2 levels above legal limits.

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.

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