Education Policy Institute

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Education Policy Institute
Education Policy Institute Logo.png
TypeThink tank
Registration no.Charity Commission in England and Wales: 1102186[1]
Legal statusPrivate company limited by guarantee
Executive Chairman
David Laws
Chairman of Trustees
Sir Paul Marshall
Revenue (2017)
£1,079,200 [1]
Expenses (2017)£953,742 [1]
Staff (2017)
14 [1]
Formerly called
CentreForum, Centre for Reform

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) is an education policy think tank based in Westminster, London. It was formed in 2016 as a rebranding and refocusing of CentreForum,[2] a Liberal Democrat think tank that had been formed in 2005 with funding from Paul Marshall.[3] which itself was a relaunching and rebranding of the Centre for Reform which has been launched in 1995.[4]

After the death of its principal benefactor, Richard Wainwright, in 2003, the Centre for Reform's future appeared uncertain.[5] Paul Marshall agreed to fund the Centre's future for at least three years and renamed it.[3][6] Two Directors were recruited: Alasdair Murray from the Centre for European Reform; and Julian Astle MBE who had been working for Paddy Ashdown in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Duncan Greenland CBE became Chair of CentreForum's Trustee Board, remaining in that capacity until 2015. In early 2008 Jennifer Moses left to become a Special Adviser to Gordon Brown in Downing Street.[7]

When the Centre was refocused on education policy and renamed as EPI in 2016, David Laws was hired to lead it.[8] Theodore Agnew, Kevan Collins, and Sally Morgan were brought on to the board, and Natalie Perera was retained as executive director.[2]

In July 2016 EPI published a study that found no significant differences in performance between Academy schools and local council run schools, and that multi-academy trusts running at least five schools performed worse than local council run schools.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b c d Charity Commission. Education Policy Institute, registered charity no. 1102186.
  2. ^ a b Whittaker, Freddie (2016-06-14). "School heavyweights join board as CentreForum becomes Education Policy Institute". Schools Week. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ a b Hurst, Greg (28 June 2005). "£1m boost for Lib Dem think tank". Sunday Times. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ Thévoz, Seth Alexander (June 3, 2017). "How the Lib Dems Lost Their Think Tank". Seth Alexander Thévoz's Blog.
  5. ^ Brack, Duncan; Randall, Ed; Doering, Detmar (2007). "CentreForum previously Centre for Reform". Dictionary of liberal thought. Politico's. p. 58. ISBN 9781842751671. OCLC 70264464.
  6. ^ "Business profile: The Lib Dems' sugar daddy". The Telegraph. 5 March 2006.
  7. ^ Oliver, Jonathan; Oakeshott, Isabel (2 March 2008). "Lingerie boss to pep up No 10 briefs". The Sunday Times.
  8. ^ Wilby, Peter (2017-08-01). "David Laws: 'The quality of education policymaking is poor'". Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  9. ^ Jon Stone (7 July 2016). "Academy trust schools among the worst at raising pupil performance, new research shows". The Independent. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Academy trusts no better than councils". BBC News.