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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.

  • 25 September 2014 | The skills debate is critical to the future of our coastal towns

  • Policy Exchange's Director of Communications Nick Faith highlights the fact that, although people can see the economy improving many are still not seeing their own life circumstances improving. Nick highlights the plight of coastal towns in particular, and calls for the government to address the economic problems people are facing through a focus on improving training, jobs and wages.

  • 24 September 2014 | Labour’s star speaker isn’t such a star

  • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, considers Labour’s choice of guest speaker at this year's Labour Party Conference. Nick argues that the decision to invite Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, is not a particularly wise one, considering Mayor de Blasio’s record of raising taxes, unfunded spending commitments and caving in to militant trade unions.

  • 24 September 2014 | Labour shouldn't be scrapping PCCs, it should be working out how to make them better

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, calls for Labour not to scrap PCCs. Glyn points out the good work many Labour PCCs have been doing on issues that Labour voters really care about, and asks what why an alternative arrangement would be better. He calls for Labour to instead develop a vision for how they would improve the role.

  • 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.

  • 12 September 2014 | Why digital government has more to deliver

  • Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange's Technology Policy Unit, sets out how a fragmentation of data within and between government departments, agencies and local authorities is hindering tech-powered public services from fulfilling its potential. For the real benefits of digital government to be achieved, open standards and common platforms across the public sector that allow data to be shared and analysed must be adopted.

  • 10 September 2014 | On housing, the ConHome manifesto offers the right diagnosis – but not all of the right answers

  • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, provides a critique of the housing section of ConservativeHome's recently published manifesto. Chris backs the manifesto’s diagnosis that Britain’s housing crisis is one of affordability, but argues that increasing housing supply is the only way to tackle this.  

  • 05 September 2014 | Opening OS Green Space Data to the Public

  • Following Nick Clegg's announcement that the government is adopting recommendations from Policy Exchange's Park Land report to release Ordnance Survey data on publicly accessible green space, Environment & Energy Research Fellow Katherine Drayson highlights the potential for this data to be supplemented with further valuable information gathered from the public.

  • 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.