Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

    Shaping education policies which value excellence and are relevant for the 21st Century student.

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  • What should the parties promise on education in 2015?

    You can now watch our #PXed2015 education conference, featuring speeches from Michael Gove, Tristram Hunt and the inspiring former Obama education adviser Michael Johnston.

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  • Watching the Watchmen

    Watching the Watchmen calls for a fundamental change in the power relationship between schools and Ofsted. It calls for lesson observations to be ditched,for Ofsted to consider abolishing or radically reducing the number of inspectors contracted to private companies and for inspectors to have relevant and recent teaching experience. It also proposes a new two-stage inspection process that will allow more resources to be focused on struggling schools.

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    Ofsted
  • Centres of Excellence?

    The role of Children’s Centres in early intervention

    Centres of Excellence? argues that in a time of stretched budgets, supporting high quality care for children from deprived backgrounds offers greater value for money than subsidies to the richest parents. It also argues that the government is right to allow childcare to be delivered in a range of settings, rather than just Children’s Centres.

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    Children's Centres
  • Jonathan Simons appointed Head of Education at PX

    Policy Exchange is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Simons as our new Head of Education. Simons is one of the most influential thinkers on education policy, having served under the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron as first Senior Policy Adviser and then Head of Education within the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit between 2007 and 2011. Read full press release

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Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 10 September 2014 | 'Trust teachers to be champions,' says celebrated US educationist Doug Lemov

    • TES Connect cover our inaugural Annual Education Lecture. We were delighted to welcome Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion and Managing Director of Uncommon Schools Charter network, as guest speaker. 

  • 31 August 2014 | Ofsted scraps grades for individual lessons

    • Covering Ofsted's decision to no longer grade teachers’ individual lessons during school inspections, TES Connect refers to our report Watching The Watchmen. We found that lesson observations are neither valid nor reliable and called for them to be scrapped. The watchdog will now give general feedback following lesson observations and look at lessons across the school.  

Latest Education & Arts Publications

  • 12 August 2014 | Only A Matter of Time? A framework for the most effective way to lengthen the school day in England

    • Both Labour and the Conservatives have recently called for more schools to run longer days – either to provide more opportunities for extra curricular activities, to help learning, or to provide a safe and secure place for childcare for working parents. Our report, and accompanying polling from YouGov, looks at what a longer day might look like in practice.

  • 17 March 2014 | Watching the Watchmen: The future of school inspections in England

    • Watching the Watchmen calls for a fundamental change in the power relationship between schools and Ofsted. It calls for lesson observations to be ditched, for Ofsted to consider abolishing or radically reducing the number of inspectors contracted to private companies and for inspectors to have relevant and recent teaching experience. It also proposes a new two-stage inspection process that will allow more resources to be focused on struggling schools.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 12 September 2014 | Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture (II)

    • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, covers our inaugural Annual Education Lecture, which was delivered by US education reform expert Doug Lemov.  Doug called for greater opportunities for teachers to learn from one another, highlighting that there is no achievement gap that some teacher hasn't already crossed.

  • 12 September 2014 | Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture (I)

    • Sam Freedman, Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact at Teach First and former Head of Education at Policy Exchange, covers Doug Lemov's recent education speech. Sam lists Doug's three simple insights which could drastically improve the way both teachers and children are taught.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 10 September 2014 | The Annual Education Lecture with Doug Lemov, in association with Teach First

    • Policy Exchange is delighted that Doug Lemov will be joining us to deliver our first annual lecture on education. Lemov is author of Teach Like A Champion and the Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a group of charter schools across New York, New Jersey and Boston with a mission to close the achievement gap and prepare deprived students to go to and graduate from college.

  • 07 June 2014 | What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?

    • As we approach the next General Election, Policy Exchange is hosting a high profile one day Education Conference to discuss what the political parties should commit to in their manifestos for 2015. We are delighted that the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, have both agreed to give keynote addresses.