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24 April 2014 | Max Chambers appointed No 10 Special Advisor for Home Affairs and Justice

  • Max Chambers, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, has been appointed the new Special Adviser for Home Affairs and Justice in the Number 10 Policy Unit. He will advise the Prime Minister on a range of domestic policy issues including criminal justice, policing, immigration and counter-terrorism.

  • 16 April 2014 | Max Chambers on Would That Work Here?

  • Max Chambers, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, appears in BBC Radio 4's Would That Work Here? episode on Norway's prison system. Norway's rehabilitation-focused prison regime has Western Europe's lowest rate of reoffending, at just 20%. Asked whether a similar system could ever work in the UK, Max argued that there needs to be a balance between public acceptability and what may be the most effective form of rehabilitation.

  • 16 April 2014 | Disadvantaged schools are 'career suicide' for headteachers

  • The Independent covers a speech made by Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in which she cites Policy Exchange's report, Watching the Watchmen. The report finds that Ofsted lesson observations are unreliable and that inspectors often lack the necessary skills to make fair judgments.

  • 16 April 2014 | Chalk Talk: Teachers make friends with their enemy's enemies

  • In an article on the motion at the NUT conference to scrap Ofsted, Richard Gardner, The Independent's education editor, cites findings from Policy Exchange's Watching the Watchmen report that Ofsted lesson observations are neither valid or reliable.

  • 16 April 2014 | New teachers 'can't risk mortgages', says union leader

  • BBC News cites Policy Exchange's report, Watching the Watchmen, in an article covering a speech made by Dr Mary Bousted, Head of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). Dr Bousted highlights the report's finding that Ofsted lesson inspections are less likely to match up with qualitative data from that school than flipping a coin.

  • 15 April 2014 | Ofsted: not fit for purpose

  • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers cites Policy Exchange's Ofsted report, Watching the Watchmen, in the cover story in their monthly magazine. They cite the report's findings that lesson observations are unreliable and should be scrapped, that inspectors lack the necessary skills to make fair judgments and that Ofsted should radically reduce or abolish the number of inspectors contracted to private outsourcing companies.

  • 14 April 2014 | Criminals agree community sentences are soft

  • The Times quotes Max Chambers, Head of Crime and Justice at Policy Exchange, following a recent study by the Ministry of Justice which reveals that offenders see community service orders as a soft punishment. Max argues that unpaid work requirements should be far more demanding and intensive and he stresses that we need a competent probation system with a focus on compliance in order to prevent re-offending. 

  • 14 April 2014 | Teachers demand code of conduct for Ofsted inspectors

  • The Independent cites Policy Exchange's Watching the Watchmen report in article on the ATL's annual conference. They cite findings from the report that Ofsted lesson observations are so unreliable that flipping a coin would better determine the level of teaching quality in schools.

  • 14 April 2014 | Now even criminals say community sentences are a soft option - and half face NO consequences for not turning up

  • Max Chambers, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime and Justice, is quoted by The Daily Mail commenting on new research by the Ministry of Justice which reveals that community service orders are too soft and do not deter criminals from re-offending. Max reiterates calls from our Fitting the Crime report for community punishments to be made more demanding and intensive.

  • 08 April 2014 | Britain hailed as 'the Mo Farah of the global race' as IMF predicts fastest growth in G7 of 2.9% in a vindication for Osborne

  • Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, is quoted by The Daily Mail calling Britain “the Mo Farah of the global race”, following IMF predictions that UK growth will be the fastest in the G7. Ruth stresses that the ‘global race’ is a marathon not a sprint, and that while our flexible labour market has helped the UK to weather the economic downturn more than most, we must raise our ambition further.