Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

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

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  • Primary Focus

    A “perfect storm” of challenges could see over 3,000 primary schools (20%) falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016. Primary Focus says the most effective way to ensure teachers and schools have the capability and capacity to cope with these challenges is to convert all primary schools into Academies, and then ask each school to join an Academy ‘chain’ by 2020.

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    Primary Schools
  • 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

Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 24 September 2014 | John Denham: £9K fee system ‘wastes money’

    • Our Labour Party Conference fringe event, Why on earth does going to university cost so much money? is covered by Times Higher Education. Speaking on the panel, Rt Hon John Denham MP, former Secretary of State, Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, argued that the £9,000 fee system “wastes money hand over fist.”

  • 23 September 2014 | Make all state schools academies, says report by rightwing thinktank

    • Our report, Primary Focus is covered by The Guardian. The report calls for all primary schools to convert into Academies and join a "chain" by 2020 to ensure that, in the face of multiple challenges (including a new curriculum and assessment systems), teachers and schools have the capacity and capability to meet tough new minimum standards being introduced in 2016.

Latest Education & Arts Publications

  • 23 September 2014 | Primary Focus: The next stage of improvement for primary schools in England

    • A “perfect storm” of challenges could see over 3,000 primary schools (20%) falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016. Primary Focus says the most effective way to ensure teachers and schools have the capability and capacity to cope with these challenges is to convert all primary schools into Academies, and then ask each school to join an Academy ‘chain’ by 2020.

  • 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.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 26 September 2014 | The advantages of scale

    • Annaliese Briggs, Policy Exchange's Education Research Fellow, explains the thinking behind our recently published report, Primary Focus. The report highlights how a “perfect storm” of challenges could see 1 in 5 primary schools falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016 and proposes grouping schools together into formal academy chains, building capacity and capability.

  • 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.

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