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Spielman is right to move Ofsted’s focus onto curriculum – but can the school system step up?

Spielman is right to move Ofsted’s focus onto curriculum – but can the school system step up?

Policy Exchange’s Head of Education welcomes Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman’s powerful statement about the quality and content of the school curriculum in England. Ofsted says there is too little discussion of curriculum planning and too few teachers and school leaders understand what this means. With a decade’s teaching experience, including as a curriculum creator for one of England’s most successful school trusts, John Blake argues in the TES that schools need to look to Britain’s cultural institutions to find the support they need.

Welcome for government’s ethnic outcome audit — but a warning too

Welcome for government’s ethnic outcome audit — but a warning too

Policy Exchange’s Head of Demography, Immigration and Integration, David Goodhart, and our Research Fellow Dr Richard Norrie welcome today’s publication of a wide range of data on outcomes for ethnic minorities in Britain today. They warn that this data must not be used to “fuel division based on selective analysis of statistics” and say that “successes as well as failures must be acknowledged”. Concluding that “the analysis does not always flow self-evidently from the data”, they call for further work to be done to understand how factors like age, geography and wealth interact with ethnicity.

Will the UK’s new senior judge change the Supreme Court?

Will the UK’s new senior judge change the Supreme Court?

Richard Ekins and Graham Gee of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project ask what the appointment of Lady Hale as President of the UK’s Supreme Court means for the law. Pointing out that ‘one should not overstate the importance of her new office’, and that she will retire no later than 2020, they explain that she is, nonetheless, taking up ‘an important public office, which she will discharge conscientiously and with good humour’, and that, from her long judicial service, it is clear that she adopts a ‘relatively expansive view of judicial power’.

Accentuating the negative on race

Accentuating the negative on race

Has the decline in racial prejudice in Britain really stopped? A semi-official report last week claimed that “there is no clear liberalising trend in racial prejudice” and it was widely and uncritically followed up in the media. But as this blog by David Goodhart and Richard Norrie of Policy Exchange’s Demography unit argues this claim is based on a highly selective reading of the data. The report also provides scant evidence for its claim that prejudice is a significant cause of racial disadvantage.

Nick Ferrari on the Mayor’s Uber decision

Nick Ferrari on the Mayor’s Uber decision

Last autumn, in a paper for Policy Exchange, Nick Ferrari became the first commentator to suggest that the Mayor of London use the renewal of Uber’s operating licence to make the firm behave better. Ferrari does not support last week’s remarkable decision by the London Mayoralty to remove the licence entirely. But, writing for Policy Exchange, he argues that the outcome he advocated — a new licence, under strict conditions — remains perhaps the likeliest ending of this significant Big Tech v Government struggle.

Central bank challenges after the great recession

Central bank challenges after the great recession

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on present monetary policy challenges, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Bank of England becoming independent and the creation of its Monetary Policy Committee. Lightfoot argues that the necessary starting point is to recognise that ‘monetary policy was at the heart of the monetary shock in 2007’, and that ‘the policies that have been successful in stabilising the macro-economy have thrown up complex microeconomic problems that will make future policy difficult’.

Nicky Morgan on character education

Nicky Morgan on character education

Policy Exchange hosted the launch of “Taught Not Caught”, Nicky Morgan’s new book on the necessity of character education in our schools. John Blake – Policy Exchange Head of Education and Social Reform – explains how Morgan makes a powerful case for ensuring that our children are raised at school with the values we want and know that they will need.

What might we expect from the German federal election?

What might we expect from the German federal election?

On Sunday, Germany will go to the polls to elect the nineteenth Bundestag. Rebecca Lowe — Convenor of Policy Exchange’s Research Group on Political Thought, and Judicial Power Project Fellow — reflects on the campaign and the possible outcomes.

Mrs Merkel’s fourth term economic headaches

Mrs Merkel’s fourth term economic headaches

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will face her fourth general election next Sunday, 24th September. Opinion polls strongly suggest that she will win a fourth term forming a coalition with one or more of f the other parties.  Attention will then shift to the policy...

DExEU’s paper on post-Brexit UK-EU security and defence cooperation: a question of influence

DExEU’s paper on post-Brexit UK-EU security and defence cooperation: a question of influence

National Security Fellow Gabriel Elefteriu responds to the launch of the Government’s new paper on UK-EU security and defence cooperation after Brexit. The paper is a welcome starting point in efforts to improve the “mood music”, given recent acrimony in Brexit negotiations. It is right to stress areas of common interest with the EU27 and the UK’s vital role in European security, which is likely to continue for many years. However, there are still questions to answer about the proposed “deep and special relationship” with the EU, and how this is to be squared with renewed efforts to reinvigorate the NATO alliance.

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