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Why higher education should take the ‘signalling critique’ seriously – and what that might look like

The maximum social and economic benefit of higher education can be realised when policymakers adequately address the 'signalling' critique. This commentary by Aveek Bhattacharya and Chris Percy is based on SMF's recent publication - Signal Failure - which aims to direct the time, energy and resources of our education system to things that really benefit learners and society at large.

Published: 21 October 2021
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Chris Percy
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Why we cannot forget local places on the road to a greener economy

Over the next three decades the pursuit of net zero will transform local areas throughout the UK.

Published: 05 October 2021
Author: Amy Norman
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Alternative proteins could let Boris Johnson have his steak and eat it

What we eat helps to define who we are. As Keith Floyd once said, “food is life, life is food”. Descriptions of Britishness often talk of fish and chips or roast beef, and we are a nation passionate about our food. So it’s understandable that politicians are wary of trying to influence our diets.

Published: 05 October 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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A fantasy Programme for Government

Ahead of the Scottish Government launching its 2021 Programme for Government, SMF Chief Economist Aveek Bhattacharya puts the usual constraints on decisionmaking to one side and imagines what the next year of policy could look like in Scotland.

Published: 24 August 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Curriculum reforms show how the UK is drifting apart

Whether you see the 'knowledge-rich curriculum' as admirable commitment to principle or wilful dogmatism, England is continuing its drift away from the other UK nations.
Published: 26 July 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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The facts of the matter: England is shifting to a ‘knowledge-rich curriculum’

This blog reflects on the Minister for School Standards' recent speech to the Social Market Foundation on reforms to implement a 'knowledge-rich curriculum' in England. You can watch the full speech below.

Published: 26 July 2021
Author: Saskia Giraud-Reeves
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