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School Vouchers for England

Type: ReportsWritten by James Croft, Anton Howes and Gabriel Sahlgren | Wednesday 04 December 2013

How school vouchers can harness choice and competition to bring greater quality and equality in education. A joint publication of the Adam Smith Institute and the Centre for Market Reform in Education.

Good and bad objections to positive discrimination

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Ben Southwood | Thursday 27 June 2013

The US Supreme Court has just left one Texan affirmative action scheme in place, but it has recently busted schemes elsewhere. I discuss what libertarians should think about positive discrimination and affirmative action.

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The Keynesian bias in A-level economics

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Nigel Watson | Friday 19 April 2013

Teacher Nigel Watson argues that there is a very real bias towards Keynesian ideas in our schools, and that it is doing harm to children's education.

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System-wide studies of the for-profit effect on student test scores

Type: Think PiecesWritten by James Croft | Friday 09 December 2011

System-wide studies of the impact of profit on educational outcomes are now beginning to emerge, says James Croft. These imply that there is no argument against profit-making in education.

Why private schools have a moral duty not to support government schools

Type: Think PiecesWritten by James Stanfield | Wednesday 07 December 2011

According to Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College, Berkshire, fee-paying private schools have a “moral duty” to help run failing government schools in deprived areas. However, says James Stanfield, private schools are right to question the wisdom of this approach.

The folly of the public benefit test

Type: Think PiecesWritten by James Croft | Thursday 26 May 2011

The "public benefit test" is a misguided attempt to force consolidation in the independent education market, argues James Croft.

Free Schools are heading for failure

Type: Think PiecesWritten by James Croft | Wednesday 11 May 2011

The government’s failure to stimulate free school supply has major implications for its overall programme of market expansion, argues James Croft.

Profit-making Free Schools: Unlocking the Potential of England's Proprietorial Schools Sector

Type: ReportsWritten by James Croft | Thursday 21 April 2011

In this groundbreaking report, James Croft argues that the crisis of school places can only be met by giving true freedom to Free Schools and allowing profit-making schools to operate within the Free Schools programme. In his study of profit-making school outcomes, he shows that schools charging fees on a par with the average state expenditure per pupil equal or exceed the performance of average independent schools. As the report shows, unlocking the power of profit within the Free Schools programme would be a revolution in schooling in England.

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The Browne Review: Myths and reality in university funding

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Anton Howes | Wednesday 03 November 2010

In this think piece, Anton Howes argues that the Browne Review offers the strongest option for reforming universities funding. The article argues that removing the cap on fees combined with a modification of the Review's proposals for repayments would give students more choice and more control over their education, and improve access to higher level education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Science is better off without the government

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Philip Salter | Thursday 21 October 2010

In a this article, Philip Salter argues that private funding is vital for translating scientific research into economic growth and that inefficient government funding is displacing more effective private funding.

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