Education & Arts

  • Education & Arts

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

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  • A Rising Tide

    Free Schools are raising standards for other pupils across the local community, especially in some of the poorest performing schools, as well for the pupils who attend them. A Rising Tide sets out for the first time detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.

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    Free Schools
  • Education Manifesto

    The Education Manifesto offers a suite of education policy proposals, including ideas on compulsory maths for all 16-18 year olds, a student debt forgiveness scheme for teachers in state schools, incentives to attract teachers to work and stay in regions and a publicly funded retraining scheme linked to growth sectors in the UK’s new industrial strategy.

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    Education Manifesto
  • 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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Latest Education & Arts In the news

  • 18 May 2015 | Jonathan Simons on the Schools Week webinar

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, appears on the Schools Week podcast alongside Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan looking at a Conservative government will mean for education.

  • 14 May 2015 | The storm in the aftermath

    • Times Higher Education report comments made by Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange, at a recent Pearson seminar that the true essence of a government comes through in its second term. If there is such a thing as 'Cameronism', Jonathan argues, we may see it now.

Latest Education & Arts Publications

  • 09 March 2015 | A Rising Tide: The Competitive Benefits of Free Schools

    • Free Schools are raising standards for other pupils across the local community, especially in some of the poorest performing schools, as well for the pupils who attend them. A Rising Tide sets out for the first time detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.

  • 06 March 2015 | Education Manifesto

    • The Education Manifesto offers a suite of education policy proposals, including ideas on compulsory maths for all 16-18 year olds, a student debt forgiveness scheme for teachers in state schools, incentives to attract teachers to work and stay in regions and a publicly funded retraining scheme linked to growth sectors in the UK’s new industrial strategy.

Latest Education & Arts Blogs

  • 20 May 2015 | What is a coasting school?

    • On the back of announcements by Nicky Morgan last weekend, Policy Exchange's Head of Education Jonathan Simons considers which schools the government may be about to classify as coasting and in need of further attention.

  • 13 May 2015 | Priorities for the new BIS team

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out the priorities facing the new BIS team. He lists higher education (including shifting fees and the future of international students), science, further education and skills as their top priorities.

Latest Education & Arts Event

  • 26 March 2015 | Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility – a focus for the next five years and beyond

    • Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, will deliver a keynote speech on the topic of education and social mobility. The speech will examine what actions the next government will need to take to ensure that education, especially technical and vocational education, can play in maximising opportunities for social mobility.

  • 12 January 2015 | A screening of The Fountainhead with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of regular film screenings introduced by political figures, in conjunction with the Crossbench Film Society. Our first guest is The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will be providing some introductory remarks on King Vidor's 1949 adapation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.