More funding is needed to place education at the heart of national recovery

Jonathan Simons on why Government must keep to their word and prioritise further funding for education.

Fast Forward for Digital Jobs

Public First worked with techUK on a a new report published today, Fast Forward for Digital Jobs, which looks at how Government and Industry working together can equip the UK population with the rights skills to take advantage of the 3 million tech jobs projected to be created in the next five years.

Lost Learning: How children can catch up after Covid

New polling and focus group work by Public First for the Centre for Policy Studies, finds that parents are highly worried about their children's learning loss.

The People’s Priorities for Greater Manchester’s Universities

Public First carried out polling on behalf of Greater Manchester's Universities.

Free Speech at University

Public First ran a poll for the UPP Foundation and HEPI, looking at perceptions around free speech at Universities in England.

Canadian voters give the benefit of the doubt on COVID-19 — up to a point

Writing for The Hub, Public First director Blair Gibbs reports on the impact of the pandemic on the popularity of the Liberal government in Canada. You can find his piece here - the poll in question can be found here.

Unleashing the potential of Universities of Technology

Public First have worked alongside London South Bank University and Aston University on a new report, Truly Modern Technical Education, which looks at how we can unleash the potential of Universities of Technology to really level up.

Public First is hiring: Data Analyst

Public First is hiring a Data Analyst.

Teachers’ use of textbooks

On behalf of the Publishers Association, Public First ran a detailed research project testing teachers’ spending on and perception of teaching resources (physical, digital and online) and how these may have changed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Options for Energy Bill Reform

Decarbonising and electrifying residential heat is crucial if the UK is to achieve its Net Zero targets. At present, however, many policy costs are imposed on electricity bills but not on gas, penalising those who do invest in cleaner options.

Truly Modern Technical Education

Public First will be hosting an event to launch a new report from London South Bank University and Aston University which looks at how we can unleash the potential of technical universities to really level up.

How do teachers use textbooks?

On behalf of the Publishers Association, Public First ran a detailed research project testing teachers’ use of textbooks and other physical, digital and online resources and how these may have changed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Other Pandemic: The impact of Covid-19 on Britain’s mental wellbeing

In February 2021 Public First polled 4,000 people and held 12 in depth focus groups with people from across Britain. The findings - published in this report by Public First - lay bare the genuine, wide and profound mental health crisis in Britain today.

Public First’s ‘Windsor Works’ economic regeneration strategy for Windsor, Ontario

Public First has published its report, titled "Windsor Works", advising the city of Windsor, Ontario on economic development and proposing a growth and diversification strategy for the city.

Who decides what’s beautiful?

Finding out what local people think is beautiful has got to be the point of the government's planning reforms – but the only way you can do that is by talking to them.

Public First is hiring: Operations manager

Public First is hiring an Operations Manager,

Policing beyond 2020

The recent resignation of the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is a sign of how much policing still matters.  Despite the enormity of the pandemic and the economic and social impact of lockdown, the failings of a major public service can still lead the news.

Helping towns survive and thrive again

An in-depth and timely piece of opinion research on the state of our town centres and high streets and what the future could hold for them was commissioned by ABF/Primark.

How to talk so government will listen: COP26 edition

Public First director Daisy Powell-Chandler discusses COP26, and the opportunities it creates for collaborative progress between government, business and charities.

Universities, Levelling Up and the Employment Crisis

Public First have worked alongside the UPP Foundation on two reports that examine the role of universities in driving the 'levelling up' agenda and addressing the forthcoming employment crisis.

Who are Americans expecting to win in the battleground states?

In our recent polling carried in the United States, we asked respondents who they thought, regardless of their own preference, would win the key battleground states in the 2020 presidential election.

Politico London Influence: Meet Public First

Public First founding partners Rachel Wolf and James Frayne talk to Politico London Influence.

Public First poll on US Foreign Policy for John Hulsman Enterprises

In the run-up to the 2020 US Elections, and with whoever wins in November set to face a fraught period in international relations, John C. Hulsman Enterprises commissioned Public First to run a poll in the US to explore American public opinion on US actions overseas, US relationships with other countries, and a range of other issues in the foreign policy space.

Scrapping GCSEs is a reckless diversion

Public First deputy director Anna McShane argues that scrapping GCSEs should not be a policy priority.

The government is serious about winning the culture wars – universities need to be ready

Writing for Wonkhe, Public First director Ed Dorrell argues that universities need to get serious about the coming culture wars.

The State we’re in and the State to come?

Public First associate partner Andy Westwood writes on the future role of the state on a local, national and industrial level.

In Conversation With… Gillian Keegan MP, Skills Minister

Public First was delighted to be joined by Skills Minister Gillian Keegan MP for a virtual panel event on Tuesday 6 October.

Education is the real key to net zero

Writing for The Times Red Box, Public First partner Natascha Engel argues that the electorate needs to be shown that net zero is affordable and viable, and most of all, necessary.

The Trouble with Political Parties

Writing for The Critic, Public First director Natascha Engel discusses the difficulties of starting a new political party.

Public First Podcast: Episode Three

In Public First's third podcast, host Ed Dorrell is joined by two of Public First's education policy experts, Jonathan Simons and Anna McShane, as they work through the thinking behind - and repercussions of - Boris Johnson's speech earlier this week on life-long learning.

Reflections on my first month at Public First

Public First's deputy director of Education Anna McShane reflects on her first month at Public First.

More freedom, less information

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel discusses the unintended consequences of the UK's well-intentioned Freedom of Information Act.

Blair Gibbs joins Public First

As well as his work for the Prime Minister, Blair has previously advised the Justice Secretary, business leaders and senior police chiefs. He also spent three years as Boris Johnson’s adviser on policing during Boris Johnson’s time as London Mayor. 

Skills Minister confirmed for Public First virtual conference event

Public First is delighted to announce that Skills minister Gillian Keegan MP will join Education Director, Jonathan Simons, for a virtual conference event on Tuesday 6 October.

Why everybody says sorry too much and how to stop

In her podcast, Why Everybody Hates You, Public First director Daisy Powell-Chandler talks to Sean O'Mara, co-author of The Apology Impulse.

Public First podcast: Episode Two

Ed Dorrell is joined by two Public First partners, James Frayne and Natascha Engel, as they discuss how the major Westminster parties should understand the English working class and its values.

Regardless of coronavirus – teachers are facing a staffing crisis

Writing for the Independent, Public First director Ed Dorrell comments on staffing issues in the UK school system.

Public First polling used in University of Winchester report

To understand how Generation Z view universities and the wider world, the University of Winchester commissioned Public First to work with YouthSight to explore attitudes of their future students.

Public First polling covered by Times Higher Education

To understand how Generation Z view universities and the wider world, the University of Winchester commissioned Public First to work with YouthSight to explore attitudes of their future students.

Give power back to the people

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel discusses the reality of localism, planning reform and house building.

Why corporate reputation needs to learn from politics

Public First's Daisy Powell-Chandler and James Frayne discus why no organisation can truly avoid politics these days.

Discussing the potential need for civil service reform

Speaking on Radio 4's "The Week in Westminster", Public First partner Gabriel Milland discusses the potential need for civil service reform.

Liberal elites’ warped view of the English working class is tearing Britain apart

Writing for The Telegraph, Public First founding partner James Frayne comments on the liberal elites' perception of the English working class.

Parliament is Labour’s best friend

Writing for The Critic, Public First partner Natascha Engel talks about the importance of Parliament for the Opposition, and the need to understand its workings.

Coronavirus has changed the power dynamic between parents and teachers forever

Ed Dorrell, Public First Director, writes for inews on the impact of coronavirus on the relationship between parents and schools.

Don’t doubt it – government is serious about skills

Jonathan Simons, Public First Director and Head of our Education Practice, writes for Tes on the impact of the Getting Building Fund on skills and education provision.

Why Simon Case is good news for the government and Britain

Public First Partner Gabriel Milland writes for The Times Red Box about the PM's appointment of Simon Case as cabinet secretary.

Public First poll covered in the Times

Public First ran a poll that was covered in the Times, asking 1,500 parents in the UK about their opinions on the return to school next week.

Public First: the public policy agency

Public First will be announcing a number of new senior hires shortly, and a further expansion of our work across Britain and internationally.

The value and Value of higher education

Public First's Jonathan Simons, Head of our Education Practice, explores whether industry backed qualifications might provide a different type of value for higher education, and what that means for universities.