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The launch of 'School vouchers: for greater quality and equality in English education' with Douglas Carswell MP
Authors: James Croft, Gabriel H Sahlgren and Anton Howes.

When: Wednesday 4th December, 6:30pm

Where: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2 Lord North Street, London SW1P 3LB

James Croft, co-author of the paper and Director of CMRE, spoke at the event on the use of school vouchers, downloadable here.

Book launch: Incentivising Excellence: school choice and education quality
Author: Gabriel H. Sahlgren, Director of Research, the Centre for Market Reform of Education

When: Tuesday 9th April, 6.15pm for 6.30pm (refreshments following the discussion)

Where: The Centre for Market Reform of Education @ the Institute of Economic Affairs, 2 Lord North Street, London, SW1P 3LB (door on Great Peter Street)

Gabriel will be introduced by Professor Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs

Neil McIntosh, recently retired Chief Executive of the CfBT Education Trust, will be offering some reflections on the book's importance given the stilted progress of market reforms in education to date, and on its insights for future policy development.

Panel discussion: 'Showing up is not enough: the case for performance-related pay'
Tuesday 26th February, 6.15pm for 6.30pm (refreshments following the discussion)

The Centre for Market Reform of Education @ The Institute of Economic Affairs, 2 Lord North Street, London, SW1P 3LB (door on Great Peter Street)

Chair: Matthew Robb

Panelists: Professor Alison Wolf, Gabriel H. Sahlgren, and Stephen Exley

Responding to proposals submitted by the DfE, The School Teachers' Review Body recently recommended that in future progression through the pay scale will depend not on length of service but on the results of annual appraisals. The proposals, which support heads’ seeking to recruit and reward the most talented staff and to respond more flexibly to local needs, have been generally well-received and are due to be implemented from September. It is widely recognised that basing pay progression on performance would bring classroom teachers’ terms into line both with those on which head-teachers’ pay is based, and with most other sectors. However, in retaining pay bands for benchmarking purposes, many feel that the reforms do not go far enough. In theory, many Academy heads have long been allowed flexibility over pay, but in practice have been constrained from departing from them by the continued existence of national pay scales.

Panellists will consider the case for their abolition, what may be learned from the emerging evidence-base on performance-related pay, reasons why some teachers are opposed, and the politics of implementation.

Matthew Robb, who will be chairing the discussion, is Senior Principal of The Parthenon Group. Previously he worked with McKinsey & Co developing education support services. He has led teams working on school improvement and academy development for the National Challenge.

Professor Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has been an outspoken critic of the present centralised system, and in 2011 authored, for CentreForum, a policy paper on the subject More than we bargained for: the social and economic costs of national wage bargaining.

Gabriel Sahlgren is a Director of Research at The Centre for Market Reform of Education. He recently completed a research project, scheduled for publication in April, surveying the international literature on choice and competition in education, entitled Incentivising excellence: school choice, educational achievement, and economic growth(forthcoming).

Stephen Exley is a TES Reporter. He was the author of a recent TES cover story on performance-related pay in the wake of Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments in support of reforming teacher remuneration in September 2012.