Education
Governments want many contradictory things. They desire high levels of government spending but not high levels of taxation. They want to reduce carbon emissions whilst not charging the full rate of VAT on domestic fuel. And many in government want the university sector to contract without any universities actually disappearing. Now is the time for ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

The government has implemented a return to school PR drive, reassuring parents, pupils and teachers that returning to school is safe. Although most will welcome a return to normalcy, some teaching unions have urged caution and suggested the government should maintain Covid restrictions despite students being behind in their education. In an op-ed for Conservative ... Continue reading
Education
Last weekend, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the teaching of Latin, currently a niche subject, was going to be expanded. Like almost everything these days, Williamson’s announcement immediately led to fierce debates on social media. Admittedly, the benefits or lack thereof of Latin is not a natural topic for the IEA blog. With differences ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her latest column for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media, Emily Carver, sympathised with the plight of students and teachers during the pandemic but argued plans to make examinations easier is the not the answer to helping pupils catch-up with their education. Emily said: "Making it easier for students to pass their exams won’t ... Continue reading

Prof. Len Shackleton writes for The Telegraph

In an op-ed for The Telegraph, IEA Editorial & Research Fellow Prof. Len Shackleton argued that the best way to level-up education by helping the most disadvantaged pupils is to focus on the needs of parents and stop top-down policies which can hinder improvements to education. Len picked apart a new report from the House ... Continue reading
Education

Prof. Len Shackleton writes for 1828

IEA Editorial & Research Fellow, Prof. Len Shackleton, argued that the apprenticeship levy should be scrapped after it was disclosed that £1 bn of apprenticeship levy funds went unused in the nine months following last May. In an article for 1828, Len said: "There is plenty of room for improvement in preparing young people for ... Continue reading

Emily Carver referenced in the Wonkhe

Earlier this week, Emily Carver, Head of Media at the IEA, wrote about the need to protect free speech on university campus for Conservative Home. The article was picked up by educational publication Wonkhe. The Wonkhe reported: "What we don’t know is whether O’Brien would back the kind of invasive interventions into higher education envisaged ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

IEA Head of Media Emily Carver has written her bi-weekly column for Conservative Home on the need to embolden free speech at universities after Edinburgh University introduced speech guidance to its staff on transgender issues. Emily argued that although it is promising that the government is acting to strengthen free speech on campus, "overregulation of ... Continue reading

IEA Research features in the Yorkshire Post

Wakefield Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan has referenced Professor Len Shackleton's latest IEA report, Back to School- and After, in a question to the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. The Yorkshire MP said the report “outlines a number of policies that would help resolve critical issues facing our schools” and urged Williamson to  look into Len's ... Continue reading