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How to get school competition right

Standpoint (June 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren and Professor Julian Le Grand argue that injecting choice into our education system has raised standards in our schools, but that more radical reforms is needed to improve them further.

Performance pay scheme design is key

Education Media Centre (6th June 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren argues that if you get the design of performance pay schemes right, they can increase pupil attainment.

See also Muddled incentives, BBC News

Activity-based education, skills and employability

Education Investor (June 2014)

James Croft considers the rise of activity-based education and its potential for soft skill development and character education.

Björn free

Education Investor (June 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren explains Sweden's troubled schools market and why poor design of the overall education policy architecture, not market forces, is to blame for falling international performance.

Empowering parents and improving accountability – a fresh look

Total Politics (April 2014)

James Croft takes a fresh look at parental involvement in school choice and how league tables can be improved.

Gove eyes offices-to-schools spree

Estates Gazette (5th April 2014)

James Croft questions the wisdom of the government procuring free school sites on the open market and asks why private investors are not permitted entry.

Do what the unions want, we are told, and students will benefit too. But is this true?

TES Connect (28th March 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren examines the evidence and questions what the unions contribute to improving our education system.

Education Select Committee (19th March 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren gives evidence to the Education Select Committee on the impact of academies and free schools

Transforming incentives will unleash the power of entrepreneurship in the education sector

An Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto (The Entrepreneurs’ Network, 2014)

James Croft examines constraints on the development of a truly entrepreneurial education sector.

Let schools compete and students will be winners

Financial Times (18th February 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, with Professor Julian Le Grand, argues, with reference to the PISA report, that trying to copy the country with the highest grades is not the right way to improve a school system. What we need is greater competition between schools.

The ultimate privatisation

City AM (14th February 2014)

Graeme Leach, Director of Economic & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, puts the case for voucher funding, with reference to Gabriel’s work with CMRE.

Ett ruttet system

Affärsvärlden (4th February 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren comments on grade inflation in the Swedish education system

Det är konkurrensen i sig som ger bättre resultat

Dagens Nyheter (21st January 2014)

A rejoinder, replying to criticism of the original article in Dagens Nyheter (see previous, below)

Pisarapporten säger ingenting om vad som fungerar väl

Dagens Nyheter (13th January 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, with Professor Philip Booth, of Cass Business School in London, and program director at the IEA, and Professor Henrik Jordahl , of the IFN, exposes the flaws in the PISA approach to international benchmarking and education system analysis.

The psychosis of the PISA report and best practices

The Spectator (10th December 2013)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren argues that Pasi Sahlberg's Guardian article on school choice reform is misguided.

How Pisa came to rule the world

TES (6th December 2013, also print)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren discusses Pisa's rising influence in education policy and suggests TIMMS rankings should be as equally studied, in light of Finland's poor performance in the latter, when compared to Pisa.

Why we need a radical solution to the crisis in our education system

City AM (4th December 2013)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren argues in City AM for introducing the recommendations of School vouchers for England.

The Pisa methodology: do its education claims stack up?

The Guardian (3rd December 2013)

The Guardian reports on Gabriel Heller Sahlgren's views on why Finland performs poorly outside of PISA tests.

Finland Used To Have The Best Education System In The World — What Happened?

Business Insider (3rd December 2013)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren's views on Finland's fall from grace in international league tables are discussed.

England must better prepare pupils for Pisa tests to improve its ranking

TES (2nd December 2013)

TES reports on Gabriel Heller Sahlgren's view that the United Kingdom does not take international rankings as seriously as other countries.

Assessment - Fresh Pisa claims shake trust in influential study

TES (15th November 2013)

In light of doubts over the credibility of PISA rankings, Gabriel Heller Sahlgren argues that this may have implications for policies and research.

Så skulle problem med skolvalet kunna lösas

Svenska Dagbladet (6th November 2013)
(in Swedish)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren and Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, Project Manager for Welfare Policy at TIMBRO, write for the second largest Swedish daily, discussing reforms to improve the Swedish voucher system from a market-based perspective.

Gove’s school choice can end social segregation. The old system entrenches it

Spectator Coffee House (29th October 2013)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren argues that school choice, decoupled from parents' choice of residence, can decrease residential segregation in England.

Nick Clegg is wrong: English schools should have more freedom not less

City AM (25th October 2013)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren argues against Nick Clegg's suggestion that free schools and academies should not be allowed to hire non-qualified teachers and deviate from the national curriculum.

200 million of school money paid off loans

Radio Sweden (24th October 2013)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren comments on the collapse of JB Education, one of Sweden's largest free school companies.

The teachers unions’ guild system must be abolished, not strengthened, Mr Clegg

The Telegraph (22nd October 2013)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren argues against Nick Clegg's suggestion that free schools and academies should not be allowed to hire non-qualified teachers.

Skolvalet försämrar inte likvärdigheten

Svenska Dagbladet (17th October 2013)
(in Swedish)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren writes for the second largest Swedish daily newspaper replying to commentators claiming that school choice increases educational inequalities. He argues that the evidence suggests the opposite and that choice also reduces residential segregation.

All forskning om skolbibliotek är inte bra forskning

Dagens Nyheter (7th October 2013)
(in Swedish)

In Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Gabriel H. Sahlgren provides a rejoinder to two replies to his article from the Swedish Library Association and six Swedish academics in information and library science. He argues that most available research on school libraries is flawed and should cannot be used to support detailed regulation of schools. The only rigorous study finds no impact at all. For these reasons, he claims that experiments with school libraries are necessary to find out whether they have positive effects before country-wide regulation is put in place.

Stryk kravet på skolbibliotek helt

Dagens Nyheter (1st October 2013)
(in Swedish)

Gabriel H. Sahlgren writes for Dagens Nyheter, the largest Swedish daily newspaper, replying to the head of the Swedish Green Party who wants to force all schools to have staffed libraries. He argues that the only rigorous study available suggests that school libraries have no impact and that mobile librarians in fact have a negative effect. There are other studies, but these are methodologically unsound, and they cannot be used to support regulation.

Leave schools alone to judge best in show

TES (20th September 2013)

Gabriel H Sahlgren argues that headteachers, rather than bureaucrats, are best placed to hire the best teachers.

Free school meals television debate

Channel 5 News (6:30pm, 17th September 2013)

Alexander Blackburn debates the expansion of the free school meals programme.

Home school tutoring turns mainstream

Financial Times (6th September 2013)

'... Proposals put forward by The Centre for Market Reform of Education, a think-tank, for a tutors’ association have been supported by some of the country’s biggest tuition agencies...'

Top heads should be paid cash bonuses to expand their schools, research says

TES (29th August 2013)

'... A report published today by the right-leaning think tank the Centre for Market Reform of Education (CMRE), has recommended heads of good schools be given bonuses as an incentive to take on the work involved in increasing pupil places...'

It’s time our qualifications system broke free from the A-Level stranglehold

City A.M. (15th August 2013)

Anton Howes, CMRE Research Consultant, argues that we should embrace diversity in qualifications and move away from rigid examination structures.

Information is power

EducationInvestor (July 2013 issue)

James Croft, Director of CMRE, discussing improving information provision.

What Stephen Twigg doesn't understand about Swedish for-profit schools

Spectator Coffee House (19th July 2013)

CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren replies to Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg's recent attack on for-profit schools in the Independent

DfE leaks Gove's plans for profit schools

Education Executive (2nd July 2013)

'... James Croft, director of the Centre for Market Reform of Education (CMRE), agreed with plans to allow private companies to invest in schools. "Moves to simplify the requirements placed on new academy and free school sponsors are long overdue," he said...'

Gove attacked for 'schools for profit' plan

Public Service (2nd July 2013)

'...CMRE director James Croft said that the removal of arbitrary restrictions on private sector investment in free schools and academies was crucial for the development of the government's school reform programme...'

The truth about Finland's education miracle

Spectator Coffee House (15th June 2013)

CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren writes about Finnish school performance and school choice.

Profit provides biggest boost for the poorest

Times Educational Supplement (7th June 2013)

CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren writes why the profit motive is important to ensure equity in education.

New plan to crack down on poorly-qualified private tutors

The Telegraph (22nd May 2013)

The Telegraph features CMRE's work on the Tutors Association.

Incentivising excellence: school choice and education quality

Education Today (22nd May 2013)

Education Today reports on CMRE Direct of of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren's book 'Incentivising Excellence'.

Market Failure

Education Investor (May 2013, Vol 5, No 4)

Education Investor reports on CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren's book 'Incentivising Excellence', highlighting how the book suggests the coalition's school reforms don't go far enough.

Only real school choice for parents can inspire an education revolution

City AM (19th April 2013)

CMRE Director Gabriel H. Sahlgren explains why we should not expect more than marginal gains from most available school choice programmes worldwide, and what is needed to produce a fundamental transformation in education.

Why we need a voucher system for schools

ConservativeHome (16th April 2013)

Graham Evans M.P. writes about CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren's book Incentivising excellence in support of why he advocates vouchers in education.

Coalition's school reforms will have "little impact" on standards, new book argues

Education Investor (12th April 2013)

'The coalition's education reforms will have "little quantifiable impact" on the quality of England's schools because they don't go far enough, a new book has argued.'

Education vouchers 'give parents greater choice'

The Times (10th April 2013)*

'Parents should be given vouchers to spend on their children’s education, with more available for those from poorer backgrounds, a think-tank has proposed.'

The Times reports on the book Incentivising excellence, by CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren.

Free school choice reduces residential segregation

Svenska Dagbladet(30th March 2013)

CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren argues, in a reply to fellows of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, that the research indicates that school choice decreases residential segregation and improves equality of opportunity.

Give parents vouchers for school of their choice, ministers told

The Daily Telegraph (6th March 2013)

'Schools should receive funding directly from parents through a "voucher system" to drive competition and allow the worst–performers to fail, ministers have been told.'

The Daily Telegraph writes about the book Incentivising excellence, by CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren, after a pre-publication briefing at the Institute of Directors on 5th March 2013.

One-size-fits-all isn't the route to rigorous A-levels

City AM (24th January 2013)

CMRE Director James Croft writes about the importance to ensure a diverse qualifications market.

School vouchers in Sweden

Indian Policy Review(no. 5, December 2012)

In the latest issue of the journal, published by the Centre for Civil Society, a Dehli based think tank, CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren reviews the Swedish voucher and free school model, highlighting its achievement and considering gaps in the model and the political currency of this policy in present day Sweden.

Losing their voice

Education Investor(November 2012)*

CMRE Director James Croft argues that an inadvertent consequence of the government's 14-19 qualifications reform is that employers are dis-engaging

Incentives must be the foundation of a revolution in British education

City AM (15th October 2012)

CMRE Director of Research Gabriel H. Sahlgren argues that we need to change the incentive structure in education fundamentally.

Business back Gove's exam plans

City AM (18th September 2012)

CMRE Director James Croft is quoted in relation to the CMRE discussion paper 'When qualifications fail: Reforming 14-19 qualifications'

Reintroducing high-stakes exams for all is a great mistake

Public Service (2nd October 2012)

CMRE Director James Croft writes about the the government's exam plans and argues that the move towards more rigorous exams for all would be counterproductive.

Reforming the British education system - a new approach

Public Service Europe(24th September 2012)

CMRE Director James Croft and Research Consultant Anton Howes argue that we need less government intervention in qualifications and exams.

Why we need a market in 14-19 qualifications

The Assignment Report (1st October 2012)

CMRE Director James Croft argues that markets are necessary for a and well-functioning qualification and examination system.

A lack of demand

Education Investor (September 2012)*

CMRE Director James Croft argues that while apprenticeships are widely seen as key to rebalancing the economy and tackling youth unemployment, it’s not at all clear where they’re going to come from.

The resilience of private schooling

The CMRE Private Schools Conference (Saturday 28th April 2012)

James Croft, CMRE Director, Keynote presentation.

Slow track, no track

Education Investor (March 2012)

CMRE Director James Croft argues that the government’s decision to further tighten student visa requirements is hastening the demise of private pathway providers. That’s bad news for Higher Education and bad news for Britain.

Matters of trust

FIS magazine (February 2012)

Proprietorial and corporate governance models are regarded as inferior by many in the independent sector. CMRE Director James Croft considers whether the charitable trust framework works as well as is often claimed and reviews the alternatives

Tech innovations herald a better educated future

City AM (18th January 2012)

Philip Salter, author of forthcoming CMRE report on developments in ed tech, writes about the current and coming technology revolution in education.

Clearing the field

Education Investor (Dec 2011 /Jan 2012)

CMRE Director James Croft writes about the impact on awarding bodies of the government's reforms to 14-16 vocational qualifications.

Westminster Education Forum: ‘Academies and Free Schools - impact, expansion and further reform’

(8th December 2011)

CMRE Director James contributed to the panel discussion on ‘The impact of Free Schools and the future for the programme’.

International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF)

(23-24 November 2011)

CMRE Director James Croft spoke on 'The strengths and growth potential of England’s proprietorial schools' on the first day of the forum.

We cannot improve schools from the Centre

City AM Forum pages (7th November 2011)

CMRE Director James Croft argues that we need more choice and competition in education.

Going off plan: Government’s land reforms little help for free schools

Education Investor (October 2011)*

CMRE Director James Croft writes about land reform and free schools.

Will independent schools outlast their new competition?

Funding for Independent Schools (October 2011)

CMRE James Croft discusses the implications for the independent school sector.of greater autonomy in the state-funded sector.

Profit making and a commitment to creating opportunities for the disadvantaged are not fundamentally incompatible

Public Service Europe(26th September 2011)

CMRE Director James Croft writes about for-profit schooling.

The demand for free schools is there, what is needed is the mechanism to make them happen... 

BBC Radio Berkshire (5th September 2011)

James Croft talks to Andrew Peach on the issue of free schools.

Clegg is wrong when it comes to for-profit schools

Press release (5 September 2011)

Coverage from The Guardian, Conservative Home, Politics Home, The Huffington Post, Government Opportunities, Montrose42 blogs

Free schools: Here's the school that mummy built

The Sunday Telegraph (28th August 2011)

CMRE Director James Croft speaks to Julie Henry on the importance of allowing for-profit free schools.