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In the news

  • 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.  

  • 27 August 2014 | Timothy Kirkhope: Pulling together for a brighter future

    • Timothy Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, cites Policy Exchange's Technology Manifesto in an article for the Yorkshire Post.

  • 24 August 2014 | Overhaul childcare funding to ensure best quality service, says major new report

    • The Independent's political editor Jane Merrick cites findings from Policy Exchange's Quality Childcare report that wealthier parents are receiving better childcare as they can pick more successful nurseries, whereas poorer parents can choose only the cheapest provider.

Blogs

  • 22 August 2014 | Britain’s sink estates can – and must – be turned around

    • Gavin Knight, author of our report The Estate We're In, highlights how deprived estates can be successfully transformed from within by locally-minded, determined and creative individuals who catalyse huge change. Our report calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade and uses case studies, such as those outlined in the blog, to extract best practice. 

  • 19 August 2014 | Do we need a specific offence of domestic violence?

    • Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, considers whether we need a specific offence of domestic violence. Charlotte argues that a new offence would require extensive consultation, legal expertise and a continued commitment to tackle it.

  • 14 August 2014 | Better with their hands: Getting rid of the stigma around vocational education

    • Policy Exchange's newly appointed Deputy Head of Education, Natasha Porter, sets out what needs to be done to ensure that the Technical Baccalaureate carries as much weight as the A-Level. The Technical Baccalaureate must have tougher entrance criteria, be sufficiently difficult to stretch the most able students, and allow access to some of the best higher education institutions. Only then will it offer a genuine alternative to A-Levels for young people.

Press Releases

  • 28 August 2014 | 40 new garden cities needed to meet housing demand, say Prize finalists

    • Today, the final submissions for the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize have been published. According to the finalists, as many as 40 new garden cities, each containing between 10,000 and 50,000 homes, should be built over the next 20 years if politicians are serious about solving Britain’s housing crisis.  

  • 22 August 2014 | Government urged to turn around ‘sink’ estates within 10 years

    • Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the nation’s most deprived social housing estates within the next decade. The Estate We’re In highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.

  • 20 August 2014 | Reward “Green Guardians” with council tax rebate worth as much as £1,500 a year

    • A report released today by Policy Exchange calls for local authorities to consider rewarding people who volunteer their time to clean up and maintain their local parks, allotments and cemeteries with council tax rebates.  

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