Inequalities in access to teachers in selective schooling areas

We recently published a report with the Social Market Foundation showing that schools serving more disadvantaged communities appeared to have greater difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified teachers. Ofsted contacted us to ask whether these inequalities were more or less pronounced in areas with selective secondary schooling because this has been an area of inquiry for them. [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:17:31+01:0022nd June 2016|Admissions, Teacher careers|

Caught out: Primary schools, catchment areas and social selection

This morning, the Sutton Trust published our research into primary school admissions and social selection. For many the findings come as no surprise: there are thousands of highly socially selective primary schools that have intakes that are considerably more affluent than the neighbourhoods from which they recruit. They are more likely to be located in [...]

By |2017-03-03T09:51:26+01:0015th April 2016|Admissions, Reports|

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+01:0019th November 2015|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

The ‘lucky’ children who just get into grammar schools don’t appear to achieve more than their primary school contemporaries who just miss out

It is actually quite hard to say anything about the causal impact of grammar schools. There is no such thing as selective and non-selective areas: 1 in 5 grammar school students cross over a local authority border on the way to school. And perhaps as many as 1 in 5 grammar school students were not in [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:16:38+01:005th March 2015|Admissions|
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