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Academies after 2015

Academies after 2015

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, sets out the three questions the government will need to answer in order to effectively implement today’s announcement from the Prime Minister that “coasting” schools will be forced to accept new leadership.

Premier League

Premier League

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, examines three questions raised by the recent debate on the new format school league tables: does it matter if well known public schools reside at the bottom of the table; does it matter if we can’t truly compare 2013 and 2014 results; and does it matter if league tables only give a partial picture of performance?

The Bonus Isa: Why we should make tax-efficient saving even more flexible

The Bonus Isa: Why we should make tax-efficient saving even more flexible

Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economic & Social Policy, sets out how a Policy Exchange proposal to create ‘Bonus ISAs’ can help give savers more flexibility. By allowing unused portions of an ISA allowance to build up into a Bonus ISA, savers will be able to take advantage of greater tax-free savings capacity in years where they would fill their ISA allowance.

Ramp up the number of market homes built to deal with the housing crisis

Ramp up the number of market homes built to deal with the housing crisis

Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, sets out why housing associations are key to helpin solve the housing crisis. Already delivering nearly half the new homes being built each year – and almost all of the social homes – giving them a shot in the arm by enabling them to build more market homes would boost the number of homes being built each year.

Why linear A-levels will work best

Why linear A-levels will work best

Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Head of Education, argues that linear A-levels allow for time to teach skills that are no longer examined, giving pupils the space to explore subject areas that they’re interested in.

Where should government start with Big Data?

Where should government start with Big Data?

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, argues that, when it comes to Big Data, it’s not the technique that matters, nor the process, but the outcome. Eddie looks at the changes that government will need to make to take full advantage of Big Data and deliver tangible outcomes that really matter.

Six facts about fuel poverty

Six facts about fuel poverty

Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, sets out 6 key facts on fuel poverty from our new report Warmer Homes. Richard reveals that the UK’s housing is woefully inefficient compared to our European neighbours, that the most inefficient households could have to pay £1700 a year to adequately heat their homes, and that 1.1m fuel poor households are actually in work.

One Week Down, Seventeen to Go

One Week Down, Seventeen to Go

The first week in the run-up to the 2015 general election has been spent by Labour and the Conservatives flinging tax and spending accusations at one another. Jonathan Dupont, Policy Exchange’s Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, looks at what has been said, and what this reveals about the parties’ spending plans.

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