//School improvement

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|

Key Stage 4 performance tables 2017: Closing the gap just got harder

Today’s Key Stage 4 statistical release from the Department for Education shows the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others to be narrowing slightly [PDF]. This is based on the DfE's gap index, which is calculated by ranking pupils according to their English and mathematics grades and then calculating an overall index. It would appear to be [...]

Test reliability, and why it matters for primary school performance tables

This year’s Key Stage 2 performance tables will be published tomorrow, summarising the attainment of pupils in KS2 tests in reading, maths, and grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS). But how reliable are these tests, and what does this mean for published performance indicators? Getting the right balance A well-designed test should give a pupil the [...]

By | 2017-12-20T13:24:04+00:00 13th December 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, School improvement|

Provisional KS4 data 2017: Has your Progress 8 score improved?

I’m not normally inclined to say “I told you so” but, in this case, it might be justified. Back in 2015, when the Department for Education announced the scores for old style GCSEs in 2017, Dave Thomson and I did some calculations to look at 'what if' the DfE 2016 and 2017 scoring systems were applied [...]

Provisional KS4 data 2017: A round-up

The EBacc continues to be ignored There was a slight fall in the percentage of pupils entered for all five subjects making up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Even so, the percentage entered for the science and humanities components actually increased. The fall in the headline EBacc entry rate was entirely due to a drop in [...]

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