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Why we need an independent, impartial and evidence-based Education Policy Institute to inform the debate about raising standards in Education
Education can have a transformative effect on the life chances of young people. Across the country there are many young people who are fulfilling their potential, have successful careers, and have been able to grasp opportunities, thanks to the education they have received.
But success in the face of adversity is too often the exception rather than the norm. Too many children – particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds – fail to receive the high quality education which they need to make the most of their lives. The evidence for this was demonstrated in our recent Annual Report on Education in England.
Good quality education promotes opportunity for all citizens, helps promote economic productivity, and ensures that individuals can realise their full potential.
Identifying and promoting good education policy is therefore crucial. But the policy debate is often occupied by contradictory views, which can be based on personal experience and political instinct rather than on robust evidence. There is an urgent need for objective, impartial and independent research that can influence and inform the education debate; research that is rigorous and grounded in evidence, and can also directly inform and shape the policy debate and public policy.
The new Education Policy Institute aims to help fill this space. Our data-driven research and analysis will shed light on whether current policy is delivering a high quality, equitable, education system, and will highlight issues where further policy development is needed. Through research and analysis, we will hold government and education providers to account for their performance, and help identify the key policies which can improve educational outcomes for all.
An independent and influential organisation needs a team of experienced, talented and motivated staff. The Education Policy Institute is fortunate to have assembled a strong team to lead our research effort, including staff with extensive experience in government departments.
We are also delighted to have been joined recently by three new trustees who will bring their own considerable experience and knowledge to our work – Sir Theodore Agnew, Sir Kevan Collins of the Education Endowment Foundation, and Baroness Sally Morgan. Sir Paul Marshall, with his own strong background in education, remains our Chair of Trustees.
Through our team of experienced staff, and our partners of academics, practitioners and decision-makers, we aim to help raise the quality of education debate, policy and outcomes.
Rt Hon. David Laws and Natalie Perera
Executive Chair and Executive Director, Education Policy Institute