Nerissa Chesterfield writes for City AM

Nerissa Chesterfield, Communications Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM in their debate column on provision of free childcare. In the article Nerissa argues that subsidising childcare for non-working parents as well as working ones will not fix the problem of high childcare costs. Unshackling carers from onerous regulations and ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton appears on BBC News South Today

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC News South Today programme to discuss university vice-chancellors' pay. In the interview Len argues that it's difficult to say what anybody is worth, but vice-chancellors do a demanding job these days. People think that vice-chancellors are part of the public ... Continue reading
I see the unholy alliance of the Twitter mob and self-righteous politicians has claimed another scalp: Dame Glynis Breakwell has been forced to resign. If you’ve missed this furore, Dame Glynis is not a historical sex offender, war criminal or transphobe. She is (or was) the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath. She committed the ... Continue reading

Terence Kealey writes for Conservative Home

Terence Kealey, author of a new IEA report about the dubious case for free school breakfasts has written for Conservative Home about his paper. In the article Terence argues that research has found that only 12 per cent of children were taking up the free breakfasts provided by the government, and those children had previously ... Continue reading

The Dubious Case for Free School Breakfasts

Summary:  The Conservative Party’s manifesto for the June 2017 general election included a policy to replace free school lunches with free school breakfasts for all school children. After the election, the policy was abandoned. The Conservative manifesto justified the policy by appealing to research into the educational effects of free school breakfasts conducted by the ... Continue reading

James Tooley writes for CapX

James Tooley, author of the Institute of Economic Affairs' latest report on education systems in post-conflict countries, has written for CapX about the findings of this report. In the article James argues that in developing countries, one reason parents prefer low-cost private education is because of the parlous state of government education; state schools in ... Continue reading
Since last year’s EU referendum, the 52% of Britons who voted Leave have faced a concerted attempt by many commentators to belittle their intelligence. Time and time again, it is asserted that they, alone amongst British voters, were misled during the referendum campaign, by "promises" made by the Vote Leave campaign - such as the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton appears on BBC Sunday Politics West

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Sunday Politics West to discuss university vice-chancellor's pay. In the interview Len makes the argument that it is not for anyone else to decide how much university vice-chancellor's get paid other than the governing body of the university that they ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on education in post-conflict countries

Low-cost private schools in post-conflict countries have a positive social impact and provide a superior standard of education compared to that of the state. They should therefore be a permanent feature in these countries’ education systems. In the poorest slums of Liberia, for example, over 71 per cent of children are in private education. But ... Continue reading

Embrace private sector education in post-conflict states to improve standards

Summary:  Low-cost private schools are ubiquitous across the developing world. This book explores their nature and extent in some of the world’s most difficult places, three conflictaffected states in sub-Saharan Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. The accepted wisdom of international agencies on education in conflict-affected states acknowledges that some kinds of low-cost private ... Continue reading