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.
Politeia's Breaking the Mould series continues with an address by Martin Howe QC on 25th June.
Across the European Union, the problems posed by the Eurozone crisis and the growing dominance of EU government over national states have prompted growing proportions of voters to question the EU project. Here in Britain, as the Prime Minister prepares to renegotiate the UK's formal relationship with the EU, some cabinet colleagues warn that things can not remain as they are.
On 25th June, Martin Howe QC*, the author of Safeguarding Sovereignty, will speak at Politeia's Breaking the Mould series, which focuses on some of the questions central to Britain’s future success at the heart of how we are governed.
*Martin Howe QC is a barrister specialising in European Law and Intellectual Property Law and author of Politeia’s Safeguarding Sovereignty: A Bill for the UK Constitutional Rights in the EU.
When it comes to the European Union, Britain is not alone
Sheila Lawlor, Politeia's Director, reflects on the growth of euroscepticism across Europe
Off Track - Is it the end of the line for High Speed 2?
As the National Audit Office gives the thumbs down to High Speed Two, Christian Wolmar explains that directing investment towards improving the existing network would bring greater benefit to more people.
No Triple Dip - Will growth in 2013 be better than expected?
Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, is cautiously optimistic about the economy, following the release of GDP figures for the first quarter of 2013.
Wake up, Western Leaders - Christian peril in Middle East is wrong and dangerous
Defending Christian minorities is not only right, but it's important for Britain's own security, warns Dr Robin Harris in a piece for Standpoint.
Budget 2013 - The Deficit Must Be Dealt With
The economist Prof Tim Congdon offers his response to the Chancellor's Budget.
Norbert Hoekstra, Ludger Schuknecht and Holger Zemanek
As the Coalition focuses its economic programme on growth, including plans to stimulate the housing market, should the government embark on another round of fiscal stimulus or is the solution of a different order? Politeia’s new study, Going for Growth: The best course for sustained economic recovery, by three senior economists at Germany’s Finance Ministry considers the evidence from six countries. Each has in recent decades emerged from similar problems of high public expenditure and stifled growth.