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  • 03 June 2015 | Education bill to close loopholes blocking academies expansion

    • The Guardian quotes Policy Exchange's Head of Education Jonathan Simons' reaction to the government's education bill intended to remove bureaucratic and legal loopholes that inhibit the conversion of struggling local authority schools into academies. Jonathan suggests the government will need to also work with high performing schools and encourage them to become formal clusters to realise the full potential of academies. 

  • 03 June 2015 | Future failing schools will be forced to become academies

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted by The Times in an article concerning proposals to remove failing schools from local authority control and instead turn them into academies. Jonathan emphasises that the government should be equally tough on academies that are underperforming themselves. 

  • 02 June 2015 | Gove’s greatest challenge is not scrapping the Human Rights Act

    • Writing on ConservativeHome, journalist and councillor Harry Phibbs cites findings from Policy Exchange's Future Prisons report that there is a huge variation in the cost of prison places - from £13,200 to £108,000 a year.

Blogs

  • 26 May 2015 | Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

    • Chris Walker, Head of Housing and Planning, discusses the merits of the Conservatives’ Right to Buy policy, explains that policies promoting home ownership should apply to people from all income brackets, and argues that the Right to Buy policy will increase the nation’s overall housing supply. 

  • 21 May 2015 | The Police have delivered ‘more for less’ for five years and we should celebrate that more

    • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, recounts his experience at the recent Police Federation conference. He argues that - counter to the conference's theme that "cuts have consequences", the police have in fact been able to do more with less, and offers suggestions for ways the police are able to do more still.

  • 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.

Press Releases

  • 03 June 2015 | Policy Exchange appoints Charles Moore as a Visiting Scholar

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to announce the appointment of Charles Moore - the authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher and one of Britain’s most widely read and respected columnists - as its newest Visiting Scholar. Charles will focus on the lessons of Margaret Thatcher’s career for the current political era.

  • 30 March 2015 | British troops can’t win if human rights law replaces Geneva Conventions on the battlefield

    • Policy Exchange paper says judges now threaten the fighting capacity of Britain’s armed forces - not least because  enemy combatants have been granted the right to sue the Government for breaching their human rights.

  • 09 March 2015 | New research shows Free Schools boost performance of local 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 new report, A Rising Tide: the competitive benefits of Free Schools, by leading think tank Policy Exchange, sets out for the first time detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.

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