Although some non-EU member states do participate in the Erasmus student exchange programme, it is unclear whether the UK will continue its participation following Brexit. Charlie Cadywould writes that educational and cultural exchanges will be vital for ensuring Britain does not close itself off from Europe, but that programmes like Erasmus need to do a much better job of […]
The number of schools joining multi-academy trusts has grown over the last five years, and it is expected that this growth will continue. The House of Commons Education Committee has, as a result, looked into the performance and role of these trusts. Steven J Courtney, Ruth McGinity, Steven Jones, Robert Hindle, Stephen M Rayner and Belinda Hughes focus on […]
The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit. Time is short, write Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, and universities need to make the case for an ‘Intelligent Brexit’ that […]
The ‘Prevent’ strategy is now an important part of UK governement counter-terrorism strategy. But, asks Robert Hindle, does this place undue pressure on teachers in our schools, and encourage bias and prejudice against minority communities?
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch pronounces that ‘a jury is only as sound as the men that make it up’. Despite evidence to […]
It’s not easy to raise prior attainment, but universities could better contextualise applicants’ grades
The government has challenged the Higher Education sector to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and to raise by 20 per cent the number of undergraduates from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. A report by the Social Market Foundation casts doubt on the achievability of these 2020 goals: we’re on track to do neither. Steve Jones outlines the important […]
Looking at universities across 78 countries, Anna Valero and John Van Reenen find that doubling the number of universities in a region increases that region’s income. So if the UK were to add one university to each region, national income would increase by about 0.7 per cent.
In 1900, only 1 in 100 young people in the world were enrolled […]
All schools will become academies, announced George Osborne in his 2016 Budget speech. But the impact of such mass rollout on students’ performance is uncertain, explain Andrew Eyles and Stephen Machin.
The Conservative government’s budget has announced plans to turn all state schools in England into academies. This continues a trend, which began in the early 2000s under the Labour […]