Key to overcoming some of the biggest issues facing modern Britain, the education sector must continue to reform. From determining the right balance between school autonomy and central oversight, to finding ways that education can provide a pathway for all children to achieve their potential, informed research and discussions are needed to make headway.

Adult education and continuous skills development is also increasingly crucial as the labour market is transforming, meaning that education reform will be necessary across all age groups.



Universities set to ‘spectacularly’ miss 2025 access targets, warns think tank

New figures published today by the Higher Education Statistics Authority show a 0.1 percentage point improvement in access to university for students from low participation neighbourhoods in England.

Commenting, Reform Education Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said: 

“This rate of improvement means that the sector is set to spectacularly miss their ambitious target to halve the gap in access between the least and most advantaged students, by 2025.

“Although their intentions are laudable, more radical reform is required. Universities must disclose how they spend their widening participation budgets to allow for evaluation and commit to admissions which consider a student’s background.

“If the Prime Minister really wants to ‘level up’ Britain, improving access to university for disadvantaged students is crucial and he should move to enact these reforms.”