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Guy Newey, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy argues that too many people in the energy sphere seek certainty where such certainty is impossible, and says that therefore the best way to approach the problems of climate change and low-carbon technology is to experiment.
The cost of living and economic credibility will be the defining issues of the next general election, writes Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics & Social Policy. Ruth argues that a recasting of the free market is going to be necessary to tackle the challenges presented by the state of the UK economy, something which Policy Exchange will explore in our future Popular Capitalism programme.
Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, writes advocating a ‘licence to teach’, an external mark of professional quality, indicating an ongoing commitment to professional development and mastery of practice.
Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice Max Chambers makes the case for the introduction of drugs courts in the UK. These courts would offer people the treatment they need, but demand more of them in return, with judges given a flexible range of available incentives and sanctions to deploy. Max shows how in the US, such courts have saved $3 in avoided criminal justice costs for every $1 spent, rising to $26 in wider societal savings.
Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, highlights how performance-related pay will improve the quality of teaching by attracting more high flying graduates and encouraging the professional development of teachers. The effects of performance-related pay on the teaching profession were explored by Policy Exchange recently in our reportReversing the ‘Widget Effect’.
Katherine Drayson, Environment & Energy Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, sets out how an Urban Green Space Map – as proposed in our report Park Land – would help to confirm whether there is a link between mental health and proximity to green space.
Performance pay won’t lead to teachers hoarding resources or refusing to collaborate for fear of losing out
Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange, writes backing the introduction of performance-related pay (PRP) for English teachers. Simons shows that, despite what teachers’ unions might say, teachers overwhelmingly want to be paid on the quality of their teaching, that it is possibly to measure teacher effectiveness, and that PRP has demonstrably improved pupil outcomes. He does, however, stress the hard work that schools will have to put in to designing systems that are reliable, have credibility with teachers and reward collaboration and pupil progress.
Simon Moore, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy, argues that it is not enough for the Airports Commission interim recommendations due tomorrow to focus simply increase airport capacity, but they must actively tackle noise, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well.
Following the publication of the National Audit Office’s report on Free Schools, Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange, argues that much of the coverage of the report has been ideologically motivated and ignored the general tone of the report. In response, Jonathan highlights 12 positive findings from the report.
Eddie Copeland, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange welcomes the return of Computer Science onto the school curriculum, adding that it has the potential to enable new and existing industries to flourish, expand and succeed in the global digital economy.