Welcome to EDSK

The think tank providing a new perspective on education and skills
OUR MISSION

We design new and better ways for policymakers and educators to help every learner succeed.
OUR RESEARCH AREAS

Primary schools, secondary schools, colleges,
apprenticeships and universities.

 

LATEST REPORT FROM EDSK

A STEP BACCWARD
A STEP BACCWARD

JULY 2019

This report investigates the changes to GCSE entries and outcomes for secondary schools since the ‘English Baccalaureate’ (EBacc) measure was introduced in 2010. The analysis shows that, while subjects included within the EBacc have typically seen their GCSE entries rise, many subjects outside of the EBacc such as Music and Art have experienced significant declines in GCSE entries and are increasingly being taught after school or as optional activities. The report puts forward a set of recommendations for how to address this disparity between subjects.

FREE TO CHOOSE
FREE TO CHOOSE

MAY 2019

This report sets out a new system for funding post-18 education that can deliver better outcomes and significant savings for both students and taxpayers. It recommends that all 18-year-olds are given an ‘individual education budget’ into which the government places up to £20,000, and this money can be spent on either a university degree, college course or apprenticeship. The report also proposes that each learner is given a ‘lifetime loan limit’ of £75,000, which they can use at any time to invest in education and training throughout their career.

REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT
REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT

APRIL 2019

Ofsted occupies an important position in our education landscape, but inspecting over 20,000 state schools is still a considerable undertaking. This inaugural report from EDSK therefore seeks to answer four questions: first, can parents trust the grades given to schools by Ofsted; second, is Ofsted measuring the right things; third, what impact does Ofsted have on teachers and school leaders; and fourth, do Ofsted inspections lead to better schools?


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