Education is a fundamental area of policymaking. It has the ability to shape future generations and leave a monumental impact on the make-up of society and individuals’ lives. It is therefore imperative that we continuously strive to challenge existing policy and propose solutions to improve education for all.

This year, we’re reflecting on a burgeoning revanchism within American education policy. With the rollback of Obama’s policies, where does the increasingly market-orientated direction of the US government leave education? Closer to home, we will examine the British debate, which centres on the value of education as a whole. Overall, our general focus will be on discrimination and variations in educational experience, across a number of factors, including wealth, race, class and culture.

To commence this year, we intend to organise events around, and research, the growing divides between the privately and non-privately educated, in all walks of life. We will investigate key ways we can build a policy that will be effective in bridging equality of opportunity between the two educational systems. We will also suggest reforms that ease their coexistence, both institutionally and socially, in order to promote education that works for all.

In the second half of the year, our focus will shift to exploring discrimination in education, looking in depth at the negative discrimination faced by different socio-economic groups and ethnic minorities. In order to find viable solutions, it is paramount to analyze existing affirmative action policies as well as evaluate models of student financing and funding around the world. By taking an outward approach to research we aim to propose a policy that will advance equality in education.

We aim to bring together experts and students to discuss innovative policy ideas and apply them to current issues in education. In addition to hosting panel events and roundtable discussions with leading education specialists, we will write regular blogs on big topics in education to keep you up-to-date with changes in education. Students will be able to have a real impact on shaping education policy and contribute their ideas and experiences to the debate by attending our events, proposing and lobbying policy, and writing commentaries for the King’s Think Tank blog.

We are extremely excited about this year’s themes and encourage you to get involved with our policy centre! If you would like to contact the Education Policy Centre please email us at

Marina Zabelina
Education Policy Centre President