At the next election, education will, as ever, be a major battleground. The Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have already indicated that they will fight on a platform of reforms that would see the principles of the academies programme (non-state providers running independent state-funded schools) expanded across the whole of the country. Reform on this scale requires re-thinking many aspects of the school system. This process is the topic of School Funding and Social Justice.
- We must stop letting down bright state school pupils
28 February 2012
Deputy Director David Skelton writes advocating the pupil premium developed by Policy Exchange in the report School Funding and Social Justice which diverts extra funds to schools with pupils from poorer backgrounds. He also makes the case from new report Social Enterprise Schools for an introduction of for-profit schools to improve education for people from working class communities.
- Politics? Nothing that a bit of thinking can't cure
30 January 2011
The Independent on Sunday profiles a series of think tanks, including Policy Exchange, listing their policy successes and future areas of policy they are hoping to influence.
- EMA abolition not welcomed by North East students
19 January 2011
Ralph Hartley, Education Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, is quoted by BBC News arguing that the money spent on EMA has been spent very poorly.
- Has the pupil premium lost its gloss?
14 December 2010
Recommendations from 2008 Policy Exchange report School Funding and Social Justice that the pupil premium would require £4.6 billion a year and that free school dinners were too crude a method by which to calculate the premium are reported by BBC News.
- Students protest over education maintenance allowances
14 December 2010
BBC News reports on Policy Exchange's recommendation in 2008 report School Funding and Social Justice that the EMA should be scrapped as it fails to make a sufficient impact on participation.
- Cribsheet 13.12.10
13 December 2010
The Guardian reports on Policy Exchange Director Neil O'Brien's description of Educational Maintenance Allowance as ineffective (Policy Exchange called for its abolition in 2008 report School Funding and Social Justice).
- Postcode premium would help struggling schools
28 October 2008
Radical plans for school choice could help the least privileged by using a Pupil Premium, says School Funding & Social Justice by Policy Exchange.