Who are the think tanks that influence government policy and what influence do they have on education pedagogy?
This is an updated version of 18 Think Tanks Every Teacher Should Know, but now listed by think tanks and their influence on education policy and if this impact is high or low. The new diagram also includes if a think tank has a particular left, centre or right-leaning bias. Thanks go to @LouisMMCoiffait who initiated this updated version after my original post. You can enlarge the graphic at the foot of this post.
Did you know, think tanks by law aren’t allowed to be political? So, although think tanks may be ‘left or right learning’ or that their ‘policies correspond with governments’, they can lean left or right but cannot act in favour of a political party. It is worth noting that this is an informal blog and there is no intention to harm any charitable statuses.
We want this graphic to spark a debate …
*Disclaimer – likely to be some errors and interpretation. This is not 100% reliable or valid.
Think Tanks call themselves as such, because their primary purpose to influence policy. Their influence on schools policy and political spectrum position are purely subjective judgement calls and are limited by the space available on the page.
There are a large number of Think Tanks in the UK. We have selected a range of organisations every teacher should know who have some influence over education policy in the UK. Of course, there will be some missing, but there is an evolving need for teachers to become more savvy of think tanks in general.
What is their purpose and what do they do? I hope this provides teachers with a useful overview. There are hundreds of others listed here. If you are interested in who funds which Think Tank and their transparency, visit Who Funds You?
You can download the graphic here.