The quest to find ‘London Effect’ – why are some groups of pupils making more progress than they used to?

A lot has been written in the search for a credible explanation for the improvement in attainment in London’s schools since the turn of the century. It now seems that London’s schools have disproportionately benefited from improvements to the education system as a whole, with similar pupils and schools elsewhere in England improving by roughly [...]

By |2017-03-03T09:49:13+00:0017th December 2015|Pupil demographics|

Impact of skills and training interventions on the unemployed

In this project with Peter Urwin and Augusto Cerqua we analyse the returns to FE learning using matched ILR-WPLS administrative data. This programme of investigation identifies good labour market returns to FE learning, and compelling evidence that previous less favourable findings [for instance relating to Level 2 vocational learning] were a result of data limitations, rather than [...]

By |2017-03-03T09:49:05+00:0017th December 2015|Post-16 provision, Reports|

Variation between areas in post-18 education

In this blog, we examine the variation between areas in rates of first degree achievement and further education participation at age 19 or above. Young people who were living in London at age 15, particularly those who were eligible for free school meals, were more likely to go on to achieve a degree than those [...]

By |2017-03-03T09:48:59+00:0015th December 2015|Post-16 provision|

How many pupils will achieve grade 5 in English and maths?

Reformed GCSEs in English and mathematics will be introduced in 2017. Noticeboards in staff rooms across the country are adorned in postcards from Ofqual summarising the changes. But although the grading structure will change, we are led to believe that broadly similar proportions of pupils will achieve grade 4 and above as currently achieve grade [...]

By |2017-03-03T09:48:52+00:004th December 2015|Exams and assessment|

It’s grim up north/The north will rise again: Some thoughts on Ofsted’s annual report

Ofsted today published its state of the nation annual report. Geographic inequalities in attainment featured prominently: “There are 16 local authority areas in England where less than 60% of the children attend good or outstanding secondary schools, have lower than national GCSE attainment and make less than national levels of expected progress. All but three [...]

By |2016-12-07T12:55:26+00:001st December 2015|Pupil demographics|

Does ability-based selection have to increase inequalities in education?

The decision to allow a new grammar school to open in Kent drew a lot of media attention recently. With the exception of grammar schools, state schools in England are required to admit children irrespective of their ability. A number of developed countries do have school systems, however, which select children into different-ability schools at [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:17:24+00:0019th November 2015|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

Josh and the Dragons: Measuring Creative Writing

For the last three weeks myself and twelve post-graduates who are studying Creative Writing around the UK have been immersing ourselves in dragons, bears, vampires and ghosts. No, we haven’t been overdosing on Netflix, we have been judging the creative writing of 11 year olds in what we think is the largest experiment ever of [...]

By |2017-03-03T09:48:28+00:0017th November 2015|Exams and assessment|
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