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Len Shackleton
9 August 2012
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  The UK’s centrally-planned universities could do with a real shake-up, and we need to create new institutional forms if they are to be effective in the future. One way to do this is...
Grant Maclaine
2 August 2012
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During discussions about reform of the National Health Service (NHS), reference is often made to the state of US healthcare. Defenders of the UK status quo, who oppose the introduction of market...
Kristian Niemietz
20 July 2012
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  One of the advantages of allowing free schools is the greater diversity of educational philosophies that can result, provided free schools are not stifled by excessive...
James Stanfield
19 July 2012
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Evidence from history and the present day, from both home and abroad, shows that there is no conflict between the profit motive and the provision of learning and education. If we reduce education...
James Croft
18 July 2012
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  Michael Gove has framed his proposals for franchising 14-16 exams provision on a one board per subject basis as part of a wider effort to address the problem of exam boards competing on...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
11 July 2012
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I am now accustomed to the fact that British journalists resort to extensive confirmation bias when arguing that free schools – especially for-profit ones – are driving down education...
Philip Booth
4 July 2012
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  I was beginning to feel quite warm towards Michael Gove’s plans for more varied qualifications within schools, and then I thought more about the detail. It seems that the proposals...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
20 June 2012
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In a recent column in the Guardian, Kevin Courtney lambasts the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, for ‘fly[ing] a kite for free schools to be allowed to make a profit...
Tom Papworth
16 April 2012
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  Doctors just can’t help trying to save people, it seems. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which brings together the presidents of the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties and...
Len Shackleton
11 April 2012
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There is a scene in the old Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers where Groucho leads a bunch of academics in gowns and mortarboards in a song which goes:  ‘I don't care what you have...
Philip Booth
4 April 2012
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  The government’s decision to seek greater university involvement in the A-level examination system is to be welcomed. In many ways it is a return to the system that used to exist...
Tom Papworth
2 April 2012
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The government’s Free Schools policy is widely regarded as a significant innovation; a radical shake-up of state education. The next logical step – permitting for-profit providers to...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
29 March 2012
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  In the debate over proposed market reforms in the NHS, opinions are plentiful but few commentators back up their opinions with evidence.  So, what does the evidence say? It is...
Len Shackleton
27 March 2012
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  Two recent news stories indicate the pressures leading us away from a sensible policy on childcare and towards higher levels of public spending - in an area where the state was not...
James Croft and Relve Spread
28 February 2012
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As part of its on-going enquiry into the administration of 15-19 examinations in England, the Education Select Committee took evidence in January on the strengths and weaknesses of the English...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
24 February 2012
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Yesterday, in a panel discussion at Policy Exchange – coinciding with their release of a report advocating ‘social enterprise’ schools, which would be forced to reinvest 50% of...
Len Shackleton
22 February 2012
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The appointment of Professor Les Ebdon to lead OFFA, the Office of Fair Access, has been met with concern both from politicians – the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee rejected...
Richard Wellings
23 January 2012
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The National Health Service enjoys strong support among the public, making it almost impossible to introduce radical reforms, even if the performance of the NHS is relatively poor compared with...
James Croft
6 December 2011
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Evaluating the system-wide impact of choice and competition on educational outcomes is a difficult task. Last summer Rebecca Allen, in a paper for Research in Public Policy, offered a useful...
James Stanfield
14 November 2011
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In 2003 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) set up the Commission on the Private Sector and Development which was tasked with examining how the private sector and entrepreneurship can...