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'Parent-teacher meetings and student outcomes', TES, 12th March
Simple regular meetings between teachers and parents to discuss children’s progress proves a powerful intervention in Bangladeshi schools, discovers Lee Crawfurd.

'What do parents think makes the biggest difference in pupil outcomes?', TES, 26th February 
Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren comments on research shedding light on how parents' beliefs about the impact of investing time or money in their child's education affect their decision-making.

Making clear that salaries can be increased through further education boosted results in one Mexican experiment, finds Lee Crawfurd
Research suggests text messages and visits home can have a promising impact on achievement, finds Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren


CfEE Director James Croft writes about our research on human capital and business stay-up: 'Learning Is Key For Businesses Beyond Start-Up', Minutehack, 8th January 2019


On 14th November, CfEE published ‘The achievement–well-being trade-off in education’.  In this report, CfEE lead economist and report author Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren discusses the evidence for and against the popular progressive understanding of the relationship between pupil well-being and achievement; alternative conceptualisations; and whether we might be served by taking the concept of trade-offs between different educational goals more seriously.

The report was widely covered in the national and education press, including by the i newspaperThe Daily Telegraph, the TES, Education Executive, and FE News.

CFEE Director James Croft wrote this comment piece for Huffington Post - 'Should We Choose Between Pupils’ Happiness And Their Achievement?' - and this for Schools Week: ‘Is pupil enjoyment key to effective learning?’

Online, the report drew this from Dylan William:



'Promising interventions in Kenya', Cambridge Assessment blog, 6th November

Dr Monazza Azlam, Managing Partner at the Oxford Partnership for Education Research & Analysis (OPERA), writes about promising scale interventions in Kenya further to her panel contribution on the launch of CfEE's Annual Research Digest 2017-18: evidence from the developing world.


‘We need to incentivise business education for our economy to thrive – and not just MBAs’, The Telegraph, Refresh, 30th October

James Croft shares insights from Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren’s report on the role of education and training in building human capital for business success.

'Human Capital and Business Stay-Up' was published in September. The publication reports the findings of research commissioned by The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) and funded by the Association of Business Executives (ABE) to inform its Business Stay-Up campaign. Business Stay-Up is a research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and understand what can be done to increase the probability of success.


On 16th October, CfEE published ‘What works in gifted education? A literature review’. Taking a fresh look at the existing empirical research worldwide, CfEE lead economist Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren finds little evidence to suggest that either gifted education programmes, or streaming, on average, in their present form, make much difference as ways of generating higher performance among gifted children. Among the few empirical studies available however, he does find a number that demonstrate positive effects for enrichment programmes combined with self-directed or individualised instruction. On this basis, set in the context of broader, related research, he sketches ways forward and beyond the present impasses in practice and policy.

Coverage in FE News

CfEE director, James Croft puts the human capital case in Conservative Home‘It’s time to invest in the education of high-performing children – and those who have the potential to join them’, and for why targeted education for the gifted ought to be revisited, in the TES‘Gifted education: Discovery-learning is the answer.’ 

See also:

'The key to gifted education', SecEd, 21st November.


‘Low-cost’ schools are an experiment worth backing’, Schools Week, 22nd September

James Croft considers the prospects for the two new independent schools proposed as 'low cost' and argues that given the similar resources they have to worrk wiith, they might yield replicable ownership and operating models for a state sector of which greater efficiency gains are yet required. 


On 12th September, CfEE published ‘Human capital and business stay-up’ which looks at the relationship between education, skills and entrepreneurial success.

The publication reports the findings of research commissioned by The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN) and funded by the Association of Business Executives (ABE) to inform its Business Stay-Up campaign. Business Stay-Up is a research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and understand what can be done to increase the probability of success.

Based on a survey of 10,500 companies, the ground-breaking research finds that business owners with a training in business, social science and law, are significantly more likely to build businesses that hire more people - one of the most important indicators of sustainable success.

Ground-Breaking Analysis of 10,500 Companies Reveals Training Programmes that Helps Firms Grow, FE News, 12th September

The right training for business successBusiness Works, 12th September

The entrepreneurship conundrum, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) blog, 12th September


How migrant pupils are more positive about school than their British peers and have a 'contagious' thirst for learning’, Daily Mail, 21st July

Eleanor Harding writes about Professor Simon Burgess and Gabriel Heller Sahlgren’s paper on the effects of immigrant status on attitudes to education and pupil performance. The two blog the salient  conclusions of the study on the CfEE Research Blog here.


Exclusive: Immigrant pupils 'care more about education', TES News, 19th July

Will Hazel writes about Professor Simon Burgess and Gabriel Heller Sahlgren’s paper on the effects of immigrant status on attitudes to education and pupil performance. Hazel focuses on the “significant positive relationship” the researchers found “between the share of immigrant pupils” in a school and “natives’ attitudes to education”. Burgess and Heller Sahlgren say this could suggest that the positive attitudes of immigrant pupils are “contagious” and “spill-over” to other pupils at their school.


‘School choice “leads to unhappy pupils”’, TES News, 15 May 2018

‘Giving parents more choice over the type of school their children can attend raises academic attainment but leads to more unhappy pupils, researchers have found.

‘This is because schools that face greater competition for pupils are more likely to adopt teaching methods which, although academically effective, are not necessarily inspiring or enjoyable for children, according to academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)….’

Charlotte Santry talks to author Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren about his paper, ‘Smart but unhappy: Independent-school competition and the wellbeing-efficiency trade-off in education’.


Management Matters For Increasing Firm Productivity, Forbes, May 2018

Philip Salter writes about a new research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and what can be done to increase the probability of success. CfEE is providing research evidence to the campaign.


Ofsted attempts parental charm offensive, SchoolsWeek, May 2018

Alix Robertson reports on CfEE's event Parents: The silent education stakeholder?.


Knowledge thirsty, cash poor, EducationInvestor Global, March 2018

CfEE's Director of Research, Gabriel Heller Sahlgren writes about how rigorous economic studies present a mixed picture of ed tech’s impact on learning, but suggests recent evidence indicates that the cost-savings could be substantial.


Forget embracing failure, startups deserve the best possible shot at success, CityAM, 12th February 2018

Rob May writes about a new research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and what can be done to increase the probability of success. CfEE is providing research evidence to the campaign.


Wild disparity between PISA tests taken on paper and PC, SchoolsWeek, 27th January 2018

Alix Robertson reports on CfEE's Research Brief 'A digital divide? Randomised evidence on the impact of computer-based assessment in PISA'.


Policymakers should not draw conclusions from Pisa results – they are simply too unreliable, TES, 26th January 2018

CfEE's Director of Research, Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Op-Ed on 'A digital divide? Randomised evidence on the impact of computer-based assessment in PISA'.


More doubts cast on reliability of Pisa scoresTES, 26th January 2018

Helen Ward reports on CfEE's Research Brief 'A digital divide? Randomised evidence on the impact of computer-based assessment in PISA'.


Switch from paper to computer tests caused science test scores to drop, study finds, Irish Times, 26th January 2018

Simon Doyle reports on implications for Ireland of CfEE's Research Brief 'A digital divide? Randomised evidence on the impact of computer-based assessment in PISA'.


'Hold open tenders for school takeovers to boost RSC transparency, think tank urges', Schools Week, 14th June 2017

Jess Staufenberg reports on CMRE's change of name to the Centre for Education Economics (CfEE) and its new policy report, 'Optimising autonomy: a blueprint for education reform'.


'General Election series: What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on...Education', The Telegraph online, 6th May 2017

Director of Research Gabriel Heller Sahlgren offers CMRE's policy recommendations. 'Building a country that works for everyone therefore requires an education system that maximises opportunity for all.'
'The Future of Local Authority Education Services', MyAcademy, Spring/Summer 2017
James Croft consider the changing role of LAs and the future landscape of schools provision and oversight (pp.10-13).


'Colleges spend more on principal pay while staff face pay freeze', TES, 28th April 2017

Julia Belgutay, Will Martin and Stephen Exley quote James Croft on executive pay:

‘The issue of rising executive pay in education always courts controversy, but if you want talented, experienced, and committed people, you have to be able to make a strong and competitive offer. You also have to build in compensatory mechanisms to cover the personal reputational risks involved for the people taking on those challenges. Our approach to school accountability, in combination with devolved decision-making, has made education leadership a particularly high-stakes game. In fact, comparing education executives’ pay to similarly skilled professionals in other sectors – and properly relating it to the degree of responsibility involved – it appears obvious we should be paying our executives even more than we do now.’


'The Conservatives are failing to take parents seriously in education', Conservative Home, 11th February 2017.

James Croft considers the marginalisation of parents in education.


'Why are schools in China looking west for lessons in creativity?', FT, 27th January 2017.

Imogen West-Knights quotes Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, CMRE Director of Research: 

'Educational academics have consistently cautioned against the folly of copy-and-pasting one nation’s system on to another’s. Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, director of research at the Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education, tells me that, in the case of Finland, another country that has been held up as a model by the UK government, people rushed to praise and emulate their education system without taking into account that socio-economic and demographic factors such as its small population make Finland a special case: “I don’t know of any country that has tried to emulate the features of the Finnish system and then saw results soar. In fact, the reverse is true.”'


'No decline in standards, reports think tank', Academy Today , 31st October 2016. Hannah Oakman reports on the launch of Who’s to produce and who’s to choose? Assessing the future of the qualifications and assessment market by Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, CMRE Director of Research. See also coverage in Schools Week.

OpEd from the author in Academy magazine

Geoffrey Holden, Senior Policy Adviser, City & Guilds, and CMRE Fellow, applies Gabriel’s research findings to proposals to move to a franchising model for provision of technical and vocational qualifications: ‘Learners need more choice, not less’, TES, 2nd December

See also the TES news story: ‘A de facto nationalisation of technical education’, TES, 2nd December

You can read CMRE’s submission to the Public Bill Committee regarding the provisions of the Technical and Further Education Bill here. A record of the Committee’s deliberations, referencing CMRE’s submission, appears in Hansard here


In an interview with One Education, James discusses the state of the evidence base on school leadership effectiveness and where the future of leadership studies, policy, and effective practice, lies.

See also his comment pieces in SecEd and in September’s Academy magazine.


'Imperfect Finnish', Education Investor, July/August 2016 issue

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren considers the questions we should be asking about the success and recent decline of Finland’s schools?


Role of leadership unclear, says think tank’, Academy Today, 29th June 2016. Stephanie Broad reports on the launch of ‘Taking a lead: how to access the leadership premium’ by Executive Director James Croft. Following the launch of the paper, which you can view on video here, Jo Nutt wrote this comment piece for the TES, which drew this response from Bernard Trafford.

The author’s own comment piece, ‘We need to stop looking to 'hero heads' for a national school improvement strategy’ appeared in the TES on 28th July 2016.


'Ofsted: too big not to fail', IEA blog, 11th July 2016

Professor Len Shackleton considers Ofsted's burgeoning brief and the opportunities for reform presented to the new CEO

‘The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform: Choice and competition remain the country’s best hope’, EducationNext, Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

Professor Paul E. Peterson write-up of this year’s CMRE Friedman Lecture, including a Podcast discussion with Marty West. The essay also appears as 'Post-regulatory school reform' in the September/October edition of Harvard Magazine.

'Let's do away with excellence frameworks in higher education', IEA blog, 22nd June 2016

Professor Len Shackleton considers the purposes of University and what the government hopes to be able to achive through the introduction of a new 'teaching excellence framework'.

'Helsinking: Europe’s top-performing school system rethinks its approach'The Economist, 14th May 2016

'The key question is what led to the surge in Finnish performance between 1965 and 2000, not what is happening in schools today.' - Gabriel Heller Sahlren in The Economist, 14th May 2016

'The Academy Question', EdCentral blog, May 2016

Patrick Watson asks a straightforward question, but one without a straightforward answer: academies are here to stay, but have they genuinely succeeded in improving student outcomes.

‘Hard road ahead’, Academy Today, 11th May 2016

James Croft considers the future implications of the white paper for the academy sector, post U-turn.

Missed opportunities, questionable assumptions, and inadequate incentives, Academy Magazine, Summer 2016, and 'A step backwards?', Education Investor, May 2016

James Croft shares his view of the government white paper’s plans for full academisation - pre U-turn.

'The London Challenge', EdCentral blog, April 2016

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren gives an alternative perspective on the London effect. 

'It's a myth that local schooling is the equitable alternative to school choice', James Croft, Schools Week, 4th March 2016

‘School choice increases the life chances of children from disadvantaged homes’, by Nima Sanandaji, CapX, 16th February 2016

‘School choice for the disadvantaged’, by Patrick Watson, Montrose 42 blog, 2nd February 2016

Do we truly want choice, or do we simply want better schools?’, by Rebecca Coulson, Conservative Home, 2nd February 2016

'Challenging collaboration', SecEd (20th January)

James Croft argues that further investment in autonomy, and in creating the market conditions under which successful collaborations are likely to arise, rather than collaboration per se, is the way forward for school improvement policy. 


‘Is collaboration for school improvement all it’s cracked up to be?’, Education Investor (December 2015)

'Does school collaboration really mean higher standards?',Conservative Home (28th November)

James Croft comments on his research into the evidence of its impact on pupil outcomes and considers the implications for school improvement.

See also: ‘Has collaboration over-reached itself?’, Schools Week (13th November 2015), and, with comment from Tim Oates, Academy Today (4th November).

"No evidence"’ school collaboration boosts attainment, research claims’, TES (23rd October)

Coverage of James Croft’s research: ‘Collaborative overreach: why collaboration probably isn’t key to the next phase of school reform’.

'School improvement is too important not to put parents in the driving seat'ATL Union Speak Out! (9th October)

James Croft comments on the marginalistion of parents in the current discourse about education reform in England and its consequences.

'Whatever happened to school choice?'Conservative Home (30th September)

As the Conservatives show an increasing tendency to central government managerialism, James Croft takes stock of what’s left of the school choice agenda.

'A new force for cross-sector collaboration'Independent Education Today (1st September)

James Croft reflects on central government tendency to overlook contextual realities in its optimism about the transferability of independent school leadership expertise for state school improvement.

'"Get out of your comfort zone," state school leaders are told'TES (31st August)

Adi Bloom reports on a CMRE event with Jon Coles, Richard Harman, Sam Freedman, and Lord Lucas considering ways towards a more productive relationship between state and independent school sectors in England.

'GCSE results 2015: Six ways Britain's world-beating education system could be better still'City AM (21st August)

CMRE Academic Advisor and Fellow, Professor Len Shackleton argues for the removal of the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) requirement; government restraint in face of the constant temptation to try to ‘fix’ national qualifications; top-up fees to be permitted in state schools; a reduction in Ofsted regulation of childcare; equity-share based lending to graduates by their chosen universities; and for an end to the wasteful and time-consuming Research Excellence Framework.

'Nationalising exam boards: with Conservatives like this, who needs a Jeremy Corbyn?',CapX (19th August)

CMRE Academic Advisor and Fellow, Professor Len Shackleton, argues for more competition between boards, not less.

'Immigration helps explain Sweden's school trouble',The Spectator (10th August)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren writes about his, and CMRE Academic Council member Tino Sanandaji’s efforts to get at the real reasons for Sweden’s decline in PISA.

'Immigration effect on PISA presents a real challenge for education'Dagens Nyheter (29th July)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren reveals the immigration effect on Sweden’s declining PISA scores in a report for the Research Institute of Industrial Economics. Shifting pupil composition explains about a third of the average fall. Further debate in SkolvärldenNorrköpings TidningarNew Folkblad and Västerbottens Kuriren.

'The new "coasting school" measure is a threat to Ofted's existence'TES (21st July)

James Croft argues that the Education and Adoption Bill’s ‘coasting school’ definition allows Regional school commissioners to circumvent the inspection process and presents a real challenge to the regulator.

'Immigrant children benefit from a conservative method of teaching',Tages Anzeiger (12th July)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren interviewed by Jean-Martin Büttner for the largest Swiss daily, Tages Anzeiger. Further coverage in Le Matin and ItaliaOggi.

'The disenchantment'Die Welt (5th July)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren’s finds prevailing interpretations of Finland’s ‘PISA miracle’ to be wanting. An editorial later in the week probes the issues further.

Review of Gabriel Heller Sahlgren's research Real Finnish LessonsSchools Week (5th July)

'Ofsted's credibility problem'Academy Today (30th June)

James Croft expresses disappointment with the lack of engagment with Ofsted’s validity problem and why present proposals are inadequate.

'Is academisation the way forward for all schools?'Academy Today (9th June)

James Croft asks whether the process of ‘academisaton’ as we know it is the best way forward for ‘coasting’ schools.

'Strategic problems with the government's plans for improvement of failing schools'Schools Week (27th May)

'CMRE appoints CfBT's Neil McIntosh as its first President'Education Investor (27th May) and in Schools Week (6th June)

'Councils with "failing schools" held by Labour'Schools Week (15th May)

James Croft comments on the failure of local democratic accountability in holding to account authorities issued with a notice to improve by Ofsted.

Review of Finnish Lessons 2.0: what can the world learn from educational change in Finland?Schools Week (19th April)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren reviews Pasi Sahlberg’s new book.

'Why the golden boy of education has lost his lustre'The Times (15th April)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren writes about his research on Finland, Real Finnish Lessons: the true story of an education superpower, showing how popular explanations of the country’s rise the PISA rankings lack understanding of the limitations of its research method, the country’s history and culture, and of the passage of reform and implementation. For further UK media coverage, visit: the BBCThe TelegraphThe TimesThe Daily Mail and Herald Scotland Rest of Europe coverage: yle UUTISETyle NYHETERNZZ.

'Teaching the teacher'Education Investor (February)

James Croft considers some of the challenges facing policy-makers tasked with strategy for improving teacher, and teaching, quality. "No one disputes that good teachers are crucial if students are to perform well. And the evidence seems to back up this consensus. The problem is that we don’t know much about what they have in common, so they’re difficult to recruit. And if you get it wrong, what can be done to improve under-performance isn’t all that clear either."

'The money motive'ATL Report (January 2015)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren is interviewed by ATL Report. “The current free school and academies programme is a waste of money to a large extent. You give a lot of money to schools to convert to academy status. I say, if you believe you can start up a school, use your own money, or find it on the market. Don’t take the taxpayers’ money to do it.” (pp. 12-13)


'Standards: does school autonomy make a difference?'Education Media Centre (11th December)

Considering the latest research showing that post-conversion impacts are greatest among previously LEA maintained schools, Gabriel argues that only significant increases in autonomy appear to be linked to better results. The effect is not the same for voluntary-aided schools, for example, which already had significantly greater control over their own affairs.

'Profits are progressive'ATL SpeakOut (6th November)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren argues that gains to the taxpayer from profit, mean that profit-making companies don’t necessarily have to provide better services, they just need to produce the same quality for the same level of funding. In any case, the real gains are from the competition effect, which evidence suggests benefits all pupils equally, system-wide. His arguments were presented at the first of ATL’s Shape Education pre-election debates, which took place in London on 12 November. Laura McInerney, who chaired the debate, summarises here.

'A damning verdict on the effectiveness of central government brokered academisation',TES Opinion (30th October)

James Croft argues that the National Audit Office report on school intervention and management (Academies and maintained schools: Oversight and intervention) is a damning verdict on the ineffectiveness of the central government brokering framework for engaging academy sponsors.

'No return for Sweden's free schools',TES Connect (24th October)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren comments on the politics and practicalities around abolishing free schools run for profit in Sweden.

'How competitive schools make a competitive economy'Conservative Home (29th July)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren offers salient points from his latest research on the relationship between education and economic growth, published by the Adam Smith Institute. Articles also appeared in The TelegraphThe Times, and aol.

'Should we allow British state schools to be run by the private sector for a profit?'Education Investor (July/August 2014)

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren and Rick Muir of the IPPR exchange views.

Is Swedish School Choice Disastrous—or Is the Reading of the Evidence? (the online forum of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice) (15th July) Gabriel Heller Sahlgren responds to an article in Slate by Professor Ray Fisman of Columbia University (21st July)

Room for manoeuvre? Tracing the implications of system‐wide autonomy

BESA Summer Insight Day Conference address by James Croft, Director of The Centre for Market Reform of Education, 3rd July

Similarities and differences between Swedish and English schools - what can we learn from each other?

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren participates in a panel discussion at the Almehdalen conference in Sweden, 3rd July (in English).

Why genuine competition in education will pay a serious growth dividend

City AM (2nd July) Graeme Leach, Director of Economics & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, discusses the import of Gabriel Heller Sahlgren's forthcoming research on the relationship between education and economic growth.

Quality of education damaged by 'regulatory overkill', warns senior exam board official

TESconnect (29th June) Coverage of the CMRE essay collection Tests worth teaching to

Review of Incentivising Excellence: school choice and education quality

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren's book Incentivising Excellence: school choice and education quality is reviewed in the Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2014

Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Reforming England’s examination system -quality of marking, market regulation and tackling malpractice

(5th June) James Croft contributes to a Westminster Forum seminar discussion on competition in the 14-19 examinations market.

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

Björn free

Education Investor (June) 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) Gabriel Heller Sahlgren examines the evidence and questions what the unions contribute to improving our education system.

Education Select Committee (19th March) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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, 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) (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) 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) 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) 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) 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) (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) (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) (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) 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) Alexander Blackburn debates the expansion of the free school meals programme.

Home school tutoring turns mainstream

Financial Times (6th September) '... 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) '... 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) 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) 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) '... 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) '...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) 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) The Telegraph features CMRE's work on the Tutors Association.

Incentivising excellence: school choice and education quality

Education Today (22nd May) 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) 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) 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) '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)* '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) 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) '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.

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

City AM (24th January) CMRE Director James Croft writes about the importance to ensure a diverse qualifications market.


School vouchers in Sweden

Indian Policy Review(no. 5, December) 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)* 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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 (28th April) James Croft, CMRE Director, Keynote presentation.

Slow track, no track

Education Investor (March) 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) 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(December) 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) 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) 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) 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)* CMRE Director James Croft writes about land reform and free schools.

Will independent schools outlast their new competition?

Funding for Independent Schools (October) 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) 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) 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) 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) CMRE Director James Croft speaks to Julie Henry on the importance of allowing for-profit free schools.