The pupil premium group in coastal schools: is their rate of progress really any different to schools with similar intakes?

With attainment in London, Greater Manchester and the Black Country, the focus of City Challenge initiatives, apparently no longer giving cause for concern, the spotlight has shifted to coastal towns and rural areas. The 2014 report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, for example, drew attention to the problems faced by schools in such areas in recruiting teachers. [...]

By | 2018-01-29T17:30:22+00:00 27th April 2015|Pupil demographics|

Ready to Read: Closing the gap in early language skills so that every child in England can read well

We created the data analysis for the Save the Children report 'Ready to Read'. Being able to read well is vital for a child's prospects at school and in life. Yet every year, almost 148,000 children leave primary school in England unable to read well. This includes one third of all children growing up in [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:44:32+00:00 17th April 2015|Pupil demographics, Reports|

Using Pier-effects to evaluate free schools

Note - this piece was first published on April Fool's Day 2015! The establishment of free schools by the current government aimed to meet a demand for new school places in particular areas and to raise the performance of all schools through increased competition. For researchers, trying to show whether the establishment of a free [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:44:18+00:00 1st April 2015|Pupil demographics|