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
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

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

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
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

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

IEA opens new education centre in collaboration with the University of Buckingham

The Institute of Economic Affairs, in collaboration with the University of Buckingham, today announces the opening of the Vinson Centre, which will house the Centre for Economics and Entrepreneurship at the university. Thanks to the generous donation from entrepreneur and Vice President of the IEA Lord Vinson, this centre will be dedicated to exploring the ... 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