Work, Skills & Education
We research all aspects of education and work, but we focus particularly on aspects that political debate often neglects: further education; vocational and technical education; apprenticeships and lifelong learning; in-work poverty.
A stake in success: Employee share ownership and the post-COVID economy
This report sets out the case for an expansion of employee share ownership in the UK, and for the share ownership agenda to form a key part of a “fair and strong economic recovery” narrative as we emerge from the Coronavirus crisis.
|Published:||04 May 2021|
Not just other people’s children: what the public thinks about vocational education
In this briefing, we present the results of a nationally representative survey which shows that the general public believe vocational qualifications to be just as useful and desirable as a university degree.
|Published:||22 April 2021|
Missing the story: the UK media’s neglect of Further Education
This essay is not a conventional think-tank report. It is not, directly at least, about government policies or national priorities, but about the climate in which policies and priorities are set.
|Published:||31 March 2021|
Study buddies? Competition and collaboration between higher education and further education
This report, supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, examines the relationship between further education (FE) and higher education (HE) and assesses how the two sectors cooperate and compete.
|Published:||17 March 2021|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Amy Norman|
Encouraging innovation and experimentation in Scottish schools
This briefing considers the existing obstacles to innovation and experimentation, and proposes some ways to develop a more dynamic, creative and inventive Scotland's school system.
|Published:||16 March 2021|
Time to think again: disability benefits and support after COVID-19
The benefits system for disabled people, and the support that accompanies it, are broken. This report shows that across a range of metrics, the system is failing disabled people and their families and communities.
|Published:||24 February 2021|
Elusive quality: how should we evaluate higher education?
This briefing paper provides an overview of the current system of quality assessment in higher education, exploring how well it functions and the main criticisms levied at it. The report also identifies four tasks for the Government should it want to design a better system of quality assessment.
|Published:||19 November 2020|
Job switching and wage growth for low-income workers
This paper is draws upon a Social Market Foundation roundtable held in early-March 2020. Whilst the economic context has changed considerably, long-run issues surrounding wage growth - and disparities between job switchers and stayers - are likely to remain unchanged.
|Published:||12 November 2020|
|Author(s):||James Kirkup, Kathryn Petrie|