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23 September 2014 | Primary Focus: The next stage of improvement for primary schools in England

By Annaliese Briggs, Jonathan Simons

  • A “perfect storm” of challenges could see over 3,000 primary schools (20%) falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016. Primary Focus says the most effective way to ensure teachers and schools have the capability and capacity to cope with these challenges is to convert all primary schools into Academies, and then ask each school to join an Academy ‘chain’ by 2020.

  • 12 August 2014 | Only A Matter of Time? A framework for the most effective way to lengthen the school day in England

    By Annaliese Briggs, Jonathan Simons

  • Both Labour and the Conservatives have recently called for more schools to run longer days – either to provide more opportunities for extra curricular activities, to help learning, or to provide a safe and secure place for childcare for working parents. Our report, and accompanying polling from YouGov, looks at what a longer day might look like in practice.

  • 17 March 2014 | Watching the Watchmen: The future of school inspections in England

    By Harriet Waldegrave, Jonathan Simons

  • Watching the Watchmen calls for a fundamental change in the power relationship between schools and Ofsted. It calls for lesson observations to be ditched, for Ofsted to consider abolishing or radically reducing the number of inspectors contracted to private companies and for inspectors to have relevant and recent teaching experience. It also proposes a new two-stage inspection process that will allow more resources to be focused on struggling schools.

  • 03 January 2014 | Reversing the ‘Widget Effect’: The introduction of performance-related pay for all teachers in English schools

    Matthew Robb
    Edited by Jonathan Simons

  • Reversing the 'Widget Effect' welcomes the government’s introduction of performance pay in schools. The report shows that performance-related pay has been implemented in other countries without adverse effects for teachers or students, and finds that overwhelmingly teachers want to be paid based on the quality of their teaching. The report stresses that the system implemented must be fair and transparent in order to succeed, and sets out what a well-designed system would look like.

  • 17 September 2013 | Centres of Excellence? The role of Children’s Centres in early intervention

    By Harriet Waldegrave

  • Centres of Excellence? acknowledges that families from all backgrounds face rising childcare costs. However, it argues that in a time of stretched budgets, supporting high quality care for children from deprived backgrounds offers greater value for money than subsidies to the richest parents. It also argues that the government is right to allow childcare to be delivered in a range of settings, rather than just Children’s Centres.

  • 28 January 2013 | Quality Childcare: Improving early years childcare

    By Harriet Waldegrave
    Edited by Lucy Lee

  • Quality Childcare highlights how people living in the most deprived areas of the country are receiving poorer quality childcare, when it is children in these areas who will gain the most from accessing high quality care. This report calls for the government to put fresh impetus in improving the quality of early years teaching and makes recommendations for how to do so.

  • 21 January 2013 | Technical Matters: Building a high quality technical and vocational route through the education system

    By Owen Corrigan
    Edited by Lucy Lee

  • Technical Matters calls for a distinct technical and vocational route through the education system to help reduce dropout and disengagement. Employers should work more closely with technical and vocational education providers to ensure the curriculum is relevant to future jobs and incorporates high quality instruction to industrial-level standards.

  • 17 October 2012 | Competition Meets Collaboration: Helping school chains address England’s long tail of educational failure

    By James O'Shaughnessy, Foreword by Gerard Griffin

  • Competition meets Collaboration presents evidence showing that not only do Academies work when it comes to raising standards, but that Academy chains can be even more effective at improving results than single Academies. The report makes recommendations for encouraging the growth of more and bigger academy chains.

  • 22 February 2012 | Social Enterprise Schools: A potential profit-sharing model for the state-funded school system

    Andrew Laird, Justin Wilson
    Edited by James Groves

  • This report says that the government should consider allowing private companies to set up and run schools under a social enterprise model. Allowing private providers to take over the running of publicly run schools will create new places at a time when there is a severe shortage in many parts of the country.

  • 20 June 2011 | Vocational Value: The role of further education colleges in higher education

    By Ralph Hartley

  • There are many challenges facing the government and all providers of higher education and higher skills. This report looks at three problems, and argues that Further Education Colleges can play a strong role in responding to all three.