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Nuclear Options: Powering the Future
Energy costs are now centre-stage in the policy debate at Westminster as both government and opposition promise to tackle rising costs. But if energy is to be affordable in the longer term, a secure supply of energy is needed. So too is a variety of sources. For that, says Politeia’s Nuclear Options: Powering the Future, nuclear will be needed.
Latin for Language Lovers: Ancient Langauges, the New Curriculm and GCSE
Latin in the new curriculum and GCSE is in danger of being the Cinderella of foreign languages. So far the official remit threatens two penalties. Secondary schools may not offer Latin as an option for the languages National Curriculum of 11-14 year olds (although primaries can). And, so far, the proposals for GCSE Latin do not include any specification to allow translation from English into Latin as an examinable option.
To the authors of Politeia’s new study, Latin for Language Lovers: Ancient Languages, the New Curriculum and GCSE, these omissions should be rectified when it comes to the final framework.
Working Welfare: Contributory Benefits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics
Frank Field MP
The Financial Sector and the UK Economy: The Danger of Over-Regulation
The financial crisis of 2007-8, its aftermath and the bank bailouts which followed have prompted an intense interest in the financial sector and its future regulation. Politicians have responded with a series of measures to regulate and prevent a recurrence. Banks will be obliged to have higher capital ratios; investment banking will be separated from retail and the presumption will be that in future there will be no bailouts.
The authors of Politeia’s new volume*, The Financial Sector and the UK Economy: The Danger of Over-Regulation,who include some of the country’s most distinguished economists and others with specialist knowledge of the financial services industry, are in no doubt that there are serious problems to be tackled. But they raise concerns about the emphasis, volume and efficacy of current measures, which may not bring the intended results or may prove counter effective.
Primary Problems for the New Curriculum - Tougher Maths, Better Teachers
The new Maths Curriculum will be published later this year, ready for schools to start in 2014. Ministers, now finalising their draft proposals, want the standards in mathematics expected of pupils in this country to equal those expected elsewhere.
Will the new curriculum succeed? Politeia's new study, Primary Problems for the New Curriculum: Tougher Maths, Better Teachers, analyses the draft curriculum.Its author, Prof David Burghes, welcomes the emphasis on basic academic knowledge and congratulates ministers on such emphasis. But, to aspire to the standards expected in some of the mathematically high performing countries, the final curriculum should be more demanding.