Policy area: Education

Reports

Evolution and revolution

This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at a 10-year plan to reform the curriculum and assessment system in England. Whoever wins the next election should aim to preserve those parts of our education system that contribute to higher standards such as rigorous courses and exams. However, many mistakes have been made over the...

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Testing patience

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at reducing the burden of the English school curriculum. Nearly a decade on from the last major reforms, politicians are again turning their attention to the national curriculum. This Social Market Foundation briefing assesses claims that the curriculum is ‘too packed with content’ and...

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A review of the economic and social value produced through funding PhD students

This report from UK think tank City-REDI highlights the significant returns for individuals, the Exchequer and university-industry collaborations. This report produced by City-REDI for the National Civic Impact Accelerator explores the extensive impacts of PhD study, from enhancing university operations to spillover benefits for society, industry, and personal development. It emphasises the civic role of...

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Back to basics: what is childcare policy for?

This report from UK think tank Civitas suggests reforms that would re-orient childcare policy towards the objective of supporting parents. Childcare is a larger political priority in the UK than it ever has been before, and the target of unprecedented, and growing, levels of public spending. Despite this, there is little clarity on what the...

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School Funding and Pupil Premium 2024

This report from UK think tank The Sutton Trust takes a closer look at schools funding and how school leaders are spending their budgets this year. Our annual survey of 1,282 teachers, conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) as part of their Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey, takes a closer look at schools...

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Investing in trusted relationships

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at the economic value of 'Football Beyond Borders' impact on children's wellbeing. PBE research for Football Beyond Borders uses exciting new ways of measuring impact to evaluate the difference a trusted adult can make to the wellbeing of children at greatest risk of exclusion. Children’s...

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Investing in the future

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at the case for universal financial education in the UK. Politicians across the party spectrum are keen for education to provide young people with key life skills, yet financial literacy among young people in the UK remains inadequate. This Social Market Foundation report looks...

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The features of effective school groups

This report from UK think tank the Education Policy Institute discusses the features of effective school groups. This report brings together findings from our interactive benchmarking tool, which compares the performance of individual academy trusts, local authorities, federations and dioceses across four key performance indicators, along with results from our Decisions in Education in England...

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School funding model: Effect of falling school rolls

This report from UK think tank the Education Policy Institute analyses the impact of potential funding policy decisions on individual schools and areas of the country. This report is the first to use EPI’s new school funding model, which replicates the Department for Education’s own national funding formula (NFF) and allows us to analyse the...

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Life beyond bars

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation discusses the current state of education in prisons, and why it is failing to deliver on its aims. Education is central to prisoner rehabilitation, but take-up of it has been in decline and is still not back at even pre-pandemic levels. This Social Market Foundation...

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Unexplained school transfers and managed moves: Local protocols, practice and outcomes for pupils

This report from UK think tank the Education Policy Institute examines the prevalence of school moves and the protocols that local authorities have in place to govern them This report examines the prevalence of school moves, including managed moves, their impact on pupils, and the protocols that local authorities have in place to govern them.

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Reforming student maintenance

This report from UK think tank The Sutton Trust illustrates why student maintenance is an issue which needs to move up the political agenda ahead of the election. This General Election policy briefing, the third in our new series of briefings ahead of the next election, looks at the student maintenance system, which determines the...

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Measuring the outcomes of different pupil groups using Star Assessments 2022/23

This report from UK think tank the Education Policy Institute measures learning loss during the pandemic and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. This fourth and final report in a series produced by EPI and Renaissance builds on recent analysis from EPI and Renaissance measuring learning loss during the pandemic and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Our previous...

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Short term thinking

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute reviews the proposal to apply VAT of 20% to private school fees in order to raise significant revenue. This paper reviews the proposal to apply VAT of 20% to private school fees in order to raise significant revenue. We build on a paper from the...

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Outcomes for young people who experience multiple suspensions

This report from UK think tank the Education Policy Institute examines the relationship between the number of suspensions from school and pupil outcomes. In this report, we examine the relationship between the number of suspensions, or temporary removals from school, in secondary school and outcomes for pupils in England. We studied a cohort of 585,827...

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Related Events

30 May 2024

Location: Online / Room C3.09 UCL IOE 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Think tank: CEPEO

Older schoolmate spillovers on higher education choices

This event hosted by UK think tank CEPEO will explore two potential mediating factors for spillover effects: teachers, and student role models. How might students’ applications and enrollments be influenced by the higher education trajectory taken by older year groups graduating school before them? Does higher education choice spillover between different year groups in the same school? Researchers examined how...

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As education recovers from the pandemic what should be the focus?

Universities must find ways to cultivate a sense of belonging amongst students By Alexis Brown (HEPI) It’s no secret that students have had a rough time of it during the pandemic. Those who weren’t in university yet missed out on the standardised tests and schooling that would normally prepare them for higher education, and those...

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