//Pupil demographics

How much does private tutoring matter for grammar school admissions?

Before the 2017 general election, it seemed like grammar schools were about to make a widespread return to England. Although this didn’t happen after the Tories lost their parliamentary majority, the new Secretary of State for Education has backed plans to allow existing grammar schools to expand. This renewed interest in expanding selective education has [...]

By | 2018-05-02T14:34:45+00:00 22nd March 2018|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

Long-term disadvantage, part six: Measuring disadvantage in the north

This is part six in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. In previous blogposts in this series we have shown that the impact of disadvantage on attainment and progress varies according to the percentage of their time in school that a pupil has been eligible for [...]

By | 2018-04-19T14:56:19+00:00 23rd February 2018|Pupil demographics, School improvement|

Long-term disadvantage, part five: What explains the gap between London and the north?

This is part five in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. We looked recently at the Progress 8 scores of long-term disadvantaged pupils – those who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) for 90% or more of their time in schools – and concluded that: [...]

By | 2018-05-02T14:37:36+00:00 23rd February 2018|Pupil demographics, School improvement|

Long-term disadvantage, part four: Our friends in the north

This is part three in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. Some of you might remember the 1996 TV series in which Christopher Ecclestone plays Nicky Hutchinson. As an impatient politician he argues that “Tomorrow is too late”. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) has today issued [...]

By | 2018-02-19T18:37:38+00:00 1st February 2018|Pupil demographics, School funding, School improvement|

Explore England’s changing free school meals rates

Most of the time our work involves using the National Pupil Database to examine particular aspects of the education system. However, it can also throw up interesting insights into the state of the nation more generally. Last year, we wrote about how the percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals (FSM) had [...]

By | 2017-12-19T17:20:34+00:00 18th December 2017|Pupil demographics|

Who are the pupils in alternative provision?

Latest DfE statistics show that there were almost 16,000 pupils on-roll at pupil referral units, and another 22,000 in other local authority alternative provision in January 2017 [XLS, table 1b]. These are pupils whose education is paid for by the state but who do not have places at state-funded mainstream or special schools. The different [...]

By | 2017-11-20T17:59:42+00:00 11th October 2017|Admissions, Pupil demographics, Structures|

Long-term disadvantage, part four: If Carlsberg made schools…and also designed funding formulae?

This is part four in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. At the start of the summer we showed that there are substantial differences in the attainment and progress of pupils who have been disadvantaged at some stage. The main findings of these earlier posts were [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:43:00+00:00 8th September 2017|Pupil demographics, School funding|

Long-term disadvantage, part three: Ethnicity, EAL and long-term disadvantage

This is part three in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. The previous post touched on the relationship between ethnicity, disadvantage and KS2-to-KS4 progress. It made a simple distinction, with white British pupils in one group and all other minority ethnic pupils in another group. [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:57:18+00:00 28th July 2017|Pupil demographics|
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