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  • Despite Michael Gove's reforms, OFSTED is permeated with New Labour's tick-box ethos

    Despite Michael Gove's reforms, OFSTED is permeated with New Labour's tick-box ethos

    Tom Burkard | | Public Services
    Tom Burkard is a Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby. He is the co-author of the Sound Foundations reading and spelling programmes, which are rapidly gaining recognition as the most cost-effective means of preventing reading failure.John McIntosh, the former head of London Oratory, is a key member of ...
  • GDP figures tell us little yet, but offer hope

    GDP figures tell us little yet, but offer hope

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    I suppose it’s at least fair to be consistent. Given the doom and gloom attached to any preliminary GDP estimate which shows negative output growth, at least it’s symmetric to rejoice in better-than-expected figures. In America it would be annualised up – we’re growing an annualised rate of 4% per ...
  • When journalists don't read the source material

    When journalists don't read the source material

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    I was very disappointed by an article by Michael White (of the Guardian) for the Health Service Journal which quoted our examination of the progressivity of taxes and transfers in the UK. Talking about the recent debates here and in Scotland on what proportion of people are net recipients or ...
  • What chance the Big Society?

    What chance the Big Society?

    Jeremy Jennings | | Politics
    My guess is that supporters of the CPS are not greatly interested in the Big Society. I might be wrong, but I suspect that for most the priorities lie in limiting the activities of the state, cutting taxation, and reducing the deficit. Ending big government rather than crafting the big ...
  • All over the place

    All over the place

    Kieron O'Hara | | Politics
    Perhaps more than at any other point in modern memory, the Conservative movement is being pulled in many different directions. How can these competing political voices coalesce into one successful vision for the Party as a whole? Dr Kieron O’Hara explores the various strands of thought. Conservative politics are all over ...
  • The Scottish Referendum: Who won the first battle?

    The Scottish Referendum: Who won the first battle?

    Referendums expert Matt Qvortrup of Cranfield University looks at the agreement for a Scottish independence referendum and questions which side has secured the advantage. All might be fair in love and war, but the same is not true in referendums. And the referendum in Scotland will be fought as much in ...
  • My nagging concern at #CPC12

    My nagging concern at #CPC12

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The atmosphere at the Conservative party conference was far more optimistic and upbeat than I expected, despite the on-going economic problems. One gets the feeling that the party is the only one that really gets just how hard-earned real (as opposed to debt fuelled) economic growth is, as evidenced by ...
  • Innovation growth pessimism should worry us all

    Innovation growth pessimism should worry us all

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Many commentators aren't just pessimistic abour our current growth prospects. It is becoming increasingly popular to suggest that lower growth more generally might be the new normal, because productivity growth – driven by innovation – is slowing down. An article by Martin Wolf in Wednesday’s FT seemed sympathetic to the ...
  • The French 2013 budget: the Danaids’ jar and the Pigeons

    The French 2013 budget: the Danaids’ jar and the Pigeons

    Gaspard Koenig | | Europe
    Gaspard Koenig is a French liberal author and politician. He is currently working in London for the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). He recently ran a liberal campaign in London in a Parliamentary election for French living abroad. You can follow him on Twitter @gaspard2012.The French press and main ...
  • Auto-enrolment: A pensions experiment that could turn out to be an interim measure

    Auto-enrolment: A pensions experiment that could turn out to be an interim measure

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    Michael Johnson is a CPS Research Fellow and pensions expert. He recently authored the CPS publication "Put the Saver First" and was Secretary to the Conservative Party's Economic Competitiveness Policy Group.As auto-enrolment (AE) kicks off, in a spirit of muted enthusiasm, attention should be turned to one of the AE-eligible schemes: ...
  • The 'blob' strikes back: Teaching Unions react to 6+ reading results

    The 'blob' strikes back: Teaching Unions react to 6+ reading results

    Tom Burkard | | Public Services
    Tom Burkard is a Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby.  He is the co-author of the Sound Foundations reading and spelling programmes, which are rapidly gaining recognition as the most cost-effective means of preventing reading failure.Teaching unions are baying for blood over the 6+ phonics test - only ...