February 17th, 2015

Wide disparities in take-up of out of school sports and activities

Thirty per cent of primary school pupils take part in very few organised sports and activity clubs. These children live in largely urban lower income families, and are in striking contrast to the other 70% of children many of whom take part in a wide range of activities, from sport and music to extra tuition.

February 10th

Professor Sir David Watson

We were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Professor Sir David Watson on 8 February. David had been a dedicated and inspirational Trustee of the Foundation for nearly ten years, and had a formative influence on many of the changes here during that time.

The Coalition’s record on schools

Today sees the publication of a comprehensive independent assessment of the Coalition’s record on schools: an essential guide to policies, spending, the changes in the school system and trends in children’s outcomes.

February 6th

Cost of Court of Protection welfare proceedings

The cost of Court of Protection (CoP) welfare proceedings to local authorities is a serious concern and there are considerable variations between English and Welsh local authorities in the number of welfare cases brought to the Court.

February 4th

Universities of Essex, Nottingham and Southampton awarded Q-Step Affiliate status

The Universities of Essex, Nottingham and Southampton have been awarded Q-Step Affiliate status in recognition of their high level of commitment to the aims of Q-Step, a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science in the UK. 

Experience counts: smoothing the school to work transition

A report published today shows a need for further policies that can help young people at the start of their working lives, steering them towards positive outcomes and helping them to achieve independence. This brings personal benefits to those involved, but also offers substantial exchequer benefits, as there is strong evidence that adverse early labour market experiences have long-lasting effects, increasing the risk of unemployment and lower earnings as adults.

Uncertainty over size and shape of painful measures to follow election

The IFS Green Budget 2015, in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation with analysis from Oxford Economics, is published today.

February 3rd

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects in health care and biomedical research, according to the findings of a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report calls for greater transparency about how people’s data are used, and recommends the introduction of criminal penalties in the UK for the misuse of data.

January 30th

Men and younger workers see biggest falls in pay; low-paid see smaller falls than those on higher earnings

The employment rate has returned to its pre-crisis level, but wages remain well below their 2008 peak. Median hourly wages, adjusted for (RPIJ) inflation, were still 4.7% lower in 2014 than in 2008 (according to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings).

January 29th

Education secretary asks Ofqual to reconsider removing practical assessment from science qualifications

We welcome Nicky Morgan’s request for Ofqual to reconsider its decision to remove practical assessment from science A levels and GCSEs.

Speaking at the Politeia thinktank in London on Tuesday, the education secretary said: “I am concerned that a decision to remove practical assessment from science qualifications is in danger of holding back the next generation of scientists.