Can free breakfasts for all primary pupils really be delivered for £60m?

Update, 24 May 2017, 13:14: Schools Week have reported that the Conservatives are distancing themselves from the £60m figure. One of the more eye-catching proposals in the Conservatives’ manifesto was the plan to drop universal infant free schools meals (UIFSMs) and bring in free breakfasts for all primary pupils [PDF]. While no further details were [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:01:14+00:0023rd May 2017|School funding|

How many language teachers would we need to reach the Conservatives’ 75% EBacc target?

The Conservatives’ manifesto has revised the party’s commitment to require all students to study the English Baccalaureate subjects at Key Stage 4. It now has a more modest proposal that 75% of students should study the EBacc by the end of the next parliament [PDF]. To be considered to have entered the EBacc a child [...]

Young people are taking fewer A-Levels as qualification reforms kick in and per-student spending falls

Post-16 education is in a period of flux, with major qualification reforms and a drop in per-student spending. Reformed A-Levels began to be introduced from September 2015, with a concurrent decoupling of AS-Levels. And, as the IFS have reported [PDF], spending per student in school sixth forms and further education has been falling since 2010/11. [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:50:47+00:0018th May 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

Kent 11-plus, part 6: Conclusions

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. It is worth summarising some of the things that we have observed in the course of this analysis. Relatively small changes to the rules that determine whether a [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:13:33+00:005th May 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 4: Headteacher panels may be no better at identifying the most capable children than the tests are themselves

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Passing the 11-plus isn’t the only way to get into a Kent grammar school, as we’ve seen. Headteacher panels review around 2,000 pupils each year, with approximately half [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:13:16+00:005th May 2017|Admissions|
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