Latest Publications

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.

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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
Author: James Kirkup
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Graduate outcomes in London

This research, supported by the Greater London Authority, focuses on how the outcomes of graduates who have studied in London and those from London vary by a range of different characteristics.
Published: 18 March 2021
Author: Kathryn Petrie
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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
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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
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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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
Author: Matthew Oakley
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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
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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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
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(Adult) education, education, education

This report explores the role that adult education does and could play in improving the labour market outcomes of low-income households. It draws on desk research, quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews with both participants and non-participants in adult education from low-income households, and provides a series of policy considerations
Published: 12 November 2020
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe, Amy Norman
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Levelling down: the medium term local economic impact of coronavirus

The reality of the economic disruption is rarely simple: different sectors will face different levels of disruption and workers employed in those sectors are unevenly distributed by geography and demography....
Published: 06 July 2020
Author(s): Amy Norman, Kathryn Petrie
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