21 Think Tanks Every Teacher Should Know

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Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit in 2010, and today, he is one of the 'most followed educators'on social media in the world. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of...
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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.

2 thoughts on “21 Think Tanks Every Teacher Should Know

  1. Dear Ross,
    Please share and click on the link given below for sign a parliamentary petition that will help to stop the illegal employment or in extreme cases enslavement of children in the UK because by doing so you will defend your right to have children educated without this sort of increasing interference or distraction or to have this employment regulated by government so that is does not do this.


    Some employers boast they employ 100,000s of children to do the above type of work, and despite adults who do the same work being classed as employed workers the children are not even regarded as being employed. The result is many of them are being exploited –have no workers’ rights, are deprived of pay and can end up doing work such as for-profit clinical testing that is unsafe for them. Unlike child performance work such as that in modelling, acting and sporting events that is heavily regulated by the government, the government does not regulate this type of work. Furthermore, the employers generally avoid taking out Employers’ Liability insurance to cover the children because they do not regard them as being employed and this is a breach of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 because according to this law it is compulsory for them to provide them with this insurance cover. Irrespective of the legality of the above employment, unless there is a legally binding contract that says otherwise and this is difficult because children are legally entitled to void contracts, the children are entitled to a royalty on any products or services they assist with developing and yet little or no consideration is made with respect to this matter.
    Yours faithfully
    Dr Jonathan Hayes

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