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James Croft, Founder and Director

James founded the Centre for Education Economics (CfEE) as CMRE think tank in 2011 and led its development into a leading contributor to education policy formation in England and internationally. 

At the Centre, James leads on communications, events, and sponsor development.

James has authored and co-authored a number of reports for the Centre and its partners, including most recently, Optimising autonomy: a blueprint for education reform (2017); Taking a lead: how to access the leadership premium (2016) and Collaborative overreach: why collaboration probably isn't key to the next phase of school reform (2015).

James speaks and chairs frequently on matters relating to education economics and reform, and writes and comments regularly in the press.


Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Lead economist
Gabriel Heller Sahlgren is CfEE's Lead economist. He is also Affiliated Researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm, Sweden, and a PhD student at the London School of Economics.
Gabriel is the author of Incentivising excellence: school choice and education quality, which discusses the conditions that need to prevail for choice to produce higher achievement, and of Real Finnish Lessons: the true story of an education superpower, published by the Centre for Policy Studies. 
He is also the author of the paper Schooling for money: Swedish education reform and the role of the profit motive, for which he was awarded the Arthur Seldon Award for Excellence. Gabriel is Editor of CfEE's Monthly Research Digest.