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. We seek to further understanding of the evidence and so 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 more autonomous and outcomes-focused provision.
There are various ways in which these goals could 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 development and of an international evidence base. And 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 emphasis, 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, including forums and events to engage the public in the policy debate.