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About us

CMRE is an independent think tank working to improve policy and practice in education through impartial economic research. 

We are interested in the progress and long-term outcomes of all pupils, and in accord with this commitment, seek to further understanding of evidence of what is truly impactful for learning. In this way, we hope to inform efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of education services; achieve optimal outcomes for young people; and maximise the benefits of education to society as a whole.
 
We believe that the main problem in education is the lack of incentives to improve student performance. Accordingly, we believe that fundamental change cannot occur without a shift towards a mode of provision that is at once both more autonomous and more accountable.
 
There are various ways by which these goals might be advanced, and the Centre has no corporate position on the exact way forward. For example, it does not prescribe the specific regulatory framework, if any, that would be needed to enable more decentralised provision. Instead, we seek to stimulate debate from different perspectives on how we can produce a functioning education market that advances the goal of increasing overall quality in the system.
 
We believe in the relevance of the long view. In policy formation we value the lessons of past policy experience and of an international evidence base above what appears politically possible in the immediate term.
 
Thus we are not aligned with any political party. Instead we advocate an experimental approach to policy-making where pilots are required, and the development of an integrated set of complementary reforms. This means that we are often thinking within a longer-term political time-frame than is commonly the case.
 
In keeping with this approach, we publish books and in-depth policy studies which in turn frame and inform our shorter reports and comment pieces on day-to-day education policy matters. We also run a variety of stakeholder engagement projects to inform our research and engage the public in the policy debate.