Christopher Snowdon writes for The Spectator

Independent schools "show that a better way is possible" and it would be "perverse" to ban the schools which deliver the best results, writes Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing in The Spectator, Christopher argues there is no mechanism by which  "abolishing some of the best schools in ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in The Telegraph

Professor Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, has criticised plans by the Labour Party to remove the business rates exemption for private schools, forcing parents to pay more for their child's education. Quoted in The Telegraph, Len labels the plans "a threat to the freedom to educate children as parents wish” and warns other ... 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

Len Shackleton writes in The Daily Telegraph

Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at The Institute of Economic Affairs, has written for The Telegraph. The piece outlines "complaints about A-levels. The latest suggestion is that there should be a single national awarding body for schools examinations." "Many of the problems faced are either intrinsic to the services involved, or the result of ham-fisted ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

"Expanding choice and competition in schooling is the best way to raise standards and improve the prospects of the next generation", writes Mark Littlewood in The Times. Mark writes his fortnightly column on the importance of choice in raising standards in education. Recent IEA publication 'School Choice Around the World' features a collection of essays ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in The Spectator

Recent education reforms in England have had a positive impact, while reforms in Scotland and Wales have seen league tables scrapped and a decline in results. Writing in The Spectator, Toby Young argues progressive, child-led reforms in Scotland and Wales have led to "appalling results" for children and "pulled down" the average performance of UK ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Most MPs love to boast about their support for entrepreneurs but their policies often create "a more regulated, restrictive market, which makes it increasingly difficult for new guys and gals on the block to break in", writes Kate Andrews. Writing in her fortnightly City A.M. column, Kate argues Jeremy Hunt's pledge to relieve successful entrepreneurs ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for CapX

The Augar Review is misguided to recommend a cut in the maximum university tuition fees in England as the benefits will flow mainly to rich graduates, argues Emma Revell, Communications Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs, in a piece for CapX. Emma notes that while lower fees will naturally appear to prospective students, lower ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for City AM

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the City AM debate column, arguing why the proposal for an extra year of free education is a sticking plaster for the status quo. Most school-leavers in further education are either redoing examinations which they should have completed successfully in schools, ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield appears on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme to discuss funding for museums. In the interview Nerissa argues that the taxpayer shouldn't be subsidising museums and forcing cultural interests on people. If you do, you are forcing taxpayers to pay for something whether ... Continue reading