One of the author's of the winning entry for the 2019 Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize has summarised their essay for Conservative Home. Peter Ainsworth, wrote co-wrote the winning entry with Dr Tom McKenzie, writes that "by re-arranging the flows of money into higher education so that universities, rather than the government, lend to their students, ... Continue reading

Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize winning essay features on CapX

The winning entry for the 2019 Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize has been summarised by IEA Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall and featured on the CapX website. Under the proposed new policy, put forward by Peter Ainsworth and Dr Tom McKenzie, would see universities lending to students rather than the government, with both students and ... Continue reading
Peter Ainsworth, Managing Director of Consulting AM Ltd, and Dr Tom McKenzie , an academic economist specialising in Behavioural Economics and Public Finance, will tonight be announced as the winners of the £50,000 Breakthrough Prize. The prize – run by the Institute of Economic Affairs and supported by entrepreneur Richard Koch – sought to find the best and boldest ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Spectator

Independent schools "show that a better way is possible" and it would be "perverse" to ban the schools which deliver the best results, writes Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing in The Spectator, Christopher argues there is no mechanism by which  "abolishing some of the best schools in ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in The Telegraph

Professor Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, has criticised plans by the Labour Party to remove the business rates exemption for private schools, forcing parents to pay more for their child's education. Quoted in The Telegraph, Len labels the plans "a threat to the freedom to educate children as parents wish” and warns other ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton comments on Labour plans

Commenting on Labour's consideration to scrap discounted business rates for independent schools and impose VAT on fees, IEA Editorial Fellow Professor Len Shackleton said: "This proposal is unlikely to raise the sums suggested, as some independent schools will close while others may relocate abroad - a plausible scenario given the rising proportion of overseas students ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes in The Daily Telegraph

Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at The Institute of Economic Affairs, has written for The Telegraph. The piece outlines "complaints about A-levels. The latest suggestion is that there should be a single national awarding body for schools examinations." "Many of the problems faced are either intrinsic to the services involved, or the result of ham-fisted ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

"Expanding choice and competition in schooling is the best way to raise standards and improve the prospects of the next generation", writes Mark Littlewood in The Times. Mark writes his fortnightly column on the importance of choice in raising standards in education. Recent IEA publication 'School Choice Around the World' features a collection of essays ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in The Spectator

Recent education reforms in England have had a positive impact, while reforms in Scotland and Wales have seen league tables scrapped and a decline in results. Writing in The Spectator, Toby Young argues progressive, child-led reforms in Scotland and Wales have led to "appalling results" for children and "pulled down" the average performance of UK ... Continue reading
The Institute of Economic Affairs has a long history of investigating the issue of school choice, and hence of the role of government in education. There have been two basic approaches. The first has begun with the fact of government intervention in education. It has explored ways in which more parental (and student) choice can ... Continue reading