School closures over the past year have been damaging to the mental health of some of our children and the educational progress of almost all of them. It has also damaged the wellbeing and sometimes the finances of those of us forced to become home-schoolers. Too often, support for locked-down children has been inadequate. Some ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her bi-weekly article for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media Emily Carver has highlighted the disproportionate effects lockdown has had on the education of children of lower socio-economic backgrounds. Emily said that "Far from being a leveller, the pandemic has, inevitably, impacted disproportionately the education of the already disadvantaged". Emily argued that now is ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton writes for CapX

School closures over the past year have been "damaging to the mental health of some of our children and the educational progress of almost all of them", writes IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton. While some of this damage may be reparable through extra support, the pandemic has exposed "longstanding problems in our ... Continue reading
Research
Summary School closure has been damaging to the mental health of some children and to the educational progress of many. The long-term costs to individuals and the economy of this hiatus in schooling can be exaggerated, but are still likely to be substantial. The costs of the damage are likely to have fallen most heavily ... Continue reading
New briefing paper from the Institute of Economic Affairs warns policy cannot solely focus on short-term recovery The long-term costs to individuals and the economy of school closures are likely to be substantial – and will fall most heavily on poorer or otherwise disadvantaged children. It is vital that children return to school as soon ... Continue reading
Education

Annabel Denham writes for City AM

Teaching unions have put the needs of their members above those of pupils by failing to explore all avenues to continuing education, writes the IEA's Director of Communication Annabel Denham. In an article for City AM, Annabel argues that continued school closures will not only damage children's attainment and widen the gap between children from ... Continue reading
MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Emily Carver, Media Manager, 07715 942 731 Responding to the Prime Minister's plans to reform the education system post-Covid, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton, said: "Boris Johnson's speech indicates that the Government is recognising that we can only go so far in supporting existing jobs, and that we must ... Continue reading
Education
In 1999 the Blair government set an official target of having 50 per cent of 18-year-olds attending university and turned the expansion of numbers from an aspiration to an actuality. The reasons for this policy, supported by both parties, were economic rather than educational in the traditional sense. It was thought that expanding student numbers ... Continue reading
Research

Reshaping the UK's Higher Education for the post-pandemic world

Summary Covid-19 is bursting the bubble in universities and higher education (HE), exposing the fundamentally unsound nature of the policy of successive governments and of the entire array of HE institutions. Many institutions were in a weak financial position prior to the pandemic. They are now facing a massive cash-flow crisis. The present difficulties could ... Continue reading

A new IEA briefing paper outlines how Covid-19 has burst the university bubble, opening up opportunity for reform

Covid-19 is exposing the fundamentally unsound nature of the policy of successive governments and of the entire array of Higher Education (HE) institutions; Many universities were in a weak financial position prior to the pandemic. They are now facing a "massive cashflow crisis"; The present difficulties could lead to a permanent fall in demand for ... Continue reading