About Philip Nye

Philip Nye is a Researcher with Education Datalab, carrying out analysis and producing data visualisations. His particular research interests include academies and free schools, school finance, and Ofsted.

A short history of Ofsted short inspections

Is it proportionate for schools with a good inspection rating to receive inspections the same in length and scope to those received by schools which had exhibited weaknesses in the recent past? That, in short, was the thinking when new, short inspections for schools with good ratings were introduced by Sir Michael Wilshaw in September [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|School accountability|

Falling disadvantage rates mean London schools are having to get used to life with less Pupil Premium funding

Figures came out recently that showed that the proportion of children eligible for free school meals (FSM) was at its lowest level since 2001 [PDF], when pupil-level information on this was first collected nationally. This is likely to be for a combination of reasons: an economy that has improved since the early 2010s, meaning fewer parents [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Pupil demographics, School funding|

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 | May 23rd, 2017|School funding|

Who’s left: How much do leaver rates vary from school-to-school?

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab’s ‘Who’s left’ series of posts. The full series can be found here. In this post we’re coming back to explore in a little more detail two points made in our previous post: firstly, the enormous variation in leaver rates seen between different secondary schools; and secondly, the [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: Three questions for the Department for Education from our work

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. This post was updated at 19:05 on 31 January 2017, to correct an explanation of the duty which local authorities have regarding pupils in their areas. 1. Are they satisfied that enough is being done [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: Will Progress 8 reduce incentives to lose low-attaining pupils?

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Progress 8 is the ‘value added’ measure by which secondary schools are now being judged – it came into play from the 2015/16 academic year. Such value added measures look at the progress which a [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: How do pupils count in league tables, and how does our reweighting approach work?

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Three school censuses are carried out each year – in October, January and May – recording which pupils are on-roll at which schools. When it comes to inclusion in a mainstream secondary school’s league table [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: The main findings

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Today we are publishing the findings of a major piece of work we have carried out looking at pupil moves and the impact on secondary school results. Our investigation into the issue and the children [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: An introduction to our work

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Pupils moves are a common, but under-scrutinised part of the education system. For the children who change school, it’s no small thing. A new school to get used to, a change of friends, new teachers, [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|School accountability|