Len Shackleton writes for The Telegraph

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on the reality of how much universities actually help students into work. In his article Len argues that this week's publication of details of the employment and earnings of recent graduates show that we must radically qualify the belief ... Continue reading
Today, University College London is hosting the Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality Round Table meeting on Labour Market and Working Parents Post Brexit. The IEA’s Prof Len Shackleton is one of the participants, and the article below is based on his opening remarks.   I look at the childcare sector very much as a ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for City AM

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on our education system and how it can be reformed. In his article Len argues the long-term issues that face our education system include excessive numbers of examinations, incompetent and overbearing Ofsted inspections and an ever-more-prescriptive national curriculum. Governments ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times today on Jeremy Corbyn's recommendation for universal provision of free school meals for all primary children. In the article Mark argues that free school meals provision is already a poorly targeted policy and extending it to all primary school children ... Continue reading

Reaction to Jeremy Corbyn's recommendation on free school meals

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn's recommendation to provide free school meals for all primary school children, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “Free school meals provision is already a poorly targeted policy and extending it to all primary school children would be an unacceptable waste of taxpayers’ money. The scheme will ... Continue reading

IEA report on childcare features in the Financial Times

The IEA's recent report, 'Getting the state out of childcare' which looks at current childcare policy, has been quoted in the Financial Times today. In the article the report's findings that many families spend one-third of their net income on childcare, putting it on a scale with mortgage payments, is cited. Read the full article here.... Continue reading
Every once in a while, an idea turns from captivating to dominating – pushing all others into the back seat, and along with them the inconvenient facts and snippets of reality that don’t confirm or conform to the idea at play. This, I fear, is the lens through which to view the Scottish first minister’s ... Continue reading
Education
In the last couple of years, the qualifications systems in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland – all of which allow schools to choose between multiple examination boards – have faced criticism from politicians and in the media. Many argue that qualification and assessment choice introduces perverse incentives for exam boards to decrease standards and inflate ... Continue reading
Education

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Question Time

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs appeared on BBC Question Time last night alongside David Mundell MP, John Swinney MSP, Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti and author Val McDermid. You can watch the full programme here. On whether Scotland should hold a second independence referendum following the Brexit vote:  "The 2014 ... Continue reading
Education

IEA report features in the Mail Online

A new IEA report, ‘Getting the State out of of Pre School and Childcare’,  which finds how government intervention has pushed up the costs of childcare for families has featured in on the Mail Online. The article cites how families who are most in need of help are not gettin git because Government subsidies are ... Continue reading