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30 October 2014 | State education sector needs more effective oversight, says audit office

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in The Guardian responding to a National Audit Office report which claims that 1.6 million pupils are still being taught in state-funded schools rated less than good. Jonathan argues that effective oversight of school performance is vital for protecting taxpayers, parents and pupils and that the report highlights the need for some important changes to the accountability regime.

  • 27 October 2014 | Questions raised over Ofsted quality after cut-and-paste sacking

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in Academies Week commenting on the dismissal of an Ofsted lead inspector who was found to have copied and pasted whole paragraphs from previous reports. Jonathan argues that the apparent lack of quality control measures that allowed this to continue for a couple of years is troubling. Our report, Watching the Watchmen, in which we called for unreliable lesson observations to be scrapped as part of school inspections in cited in the article.

  • 23 October 2014 | British elections are 'seriously open to fraud', warns thinktank

  • Our latest report, Electoral Omission, is covered by The Daily Telegraph. The report highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Commission unfit for purpose, claims think tank with links to Number 10

  • Our report, Electoral Omission, is covered by The Independent. The report sets out how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral roll ‘full of errors and open to fraud’

  • Our latest report, Electoral Omission is covered in The Times. The report highlights how there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the electoral register at the time of the next general election and calls for the creation of a new, specialist standards unit to enforce election administration responsibilities. 

  • 23 October 2014 | Westminster wonks, think tanks and political ideas

  • Former Policy Exchange researcher Charlotte Leslie MP appears in a video segment on the Daily Politics discussing the role of think tanks in politics and policymaking.

     

  • 22 October 2014 | Childcare minister calls for more primaries to offer nursery places

  • The TES cover Sam Gyimah MP's recent speech to Policy Exchange on increasing the amount of childcare provision in schools. Gyimah argued that schools offering nursery educations are seeing "big benefits" with better behaved children and higher attainment.

  • 21 October 2014 | School led nurseries to be at “heart” of government education plans

  • Academies Week report on education and childcare minister Sam Gyimah MP's joined-up childcare speech at Policy Exchange. Gyimah called for more schools to start offering nursery provision, arguing that it is beneficial for schools to get to know their pupils earlier so that they can tackle any educational issues earlier.

  • 17 October 2014 | Dean Godson listed in Evening Standard's list of the 1000 most influential Londoners

  • The Evening Standard lists Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson in its annual list of the 1000 most influential Londoners. The paper also cites the report he edited, Replacing the Routemaster, which convinced Boris Johnson to make introducing a new Routemaster part of his first mayoral campaign and eventually resulted in the introduction of the New Bus for London.

  • 15 October 2014 | Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits

  • The Independent covers our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits and proposes that every worker in Britain should make weekly contributions into a new nationwide unemployment insurance scheme.