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.

Multi-academy trust league tables: What can we learn from the data?

This morning the government published multi-academy trust (MAT) league tables, building on an approach it trialled last year. At a headline level, two thirds of MATs had Progress 8 scores that were below average across the secondary schools which they run [PDF]. But what does the underlying data tell us? In this analysis we’re looking at [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, Structures|

KS2 performance tables 2016: What can we tell about the new floor standards?

Final Key Stage 2 data has been published this morning, with 665 primary schools identified as being below the floor standards, compared to 676 last year. In line with the move to scaled scores, the way floor standards are calculated changed this year. Schools were judged as being below the floor standard if they failed [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

‘Schools that work for everyone’ consultation – Education Datalab response

Education Datalab has today submitted its response to the government’s Schools that work for everyone consultation. The green paper consulted on: the identification of those families who are ‘just about managing’; the contribution which independent schools can make to the state sector; conditions that should be met if existing selective schools are to be allowed [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Pupil demographics, Reports, Structures|

Understanding grammar schools

Since the government’s announcement that it wants to see the return of more widespread selectivity to England’s education system we have written quite extensively about grammar schools and the impact of selectivity. In this post, however, we’re going to step back a little and offer a more descriptive overview of the existing network of selective [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

How many poor children do we want to go to grammar school?

The question of who will get in lies at the heart of the debate about the new generation of grammar schools that the government has proposed. As we, and plenty of others, have pointed out, children eligible for free school meals (FSM) - a commonly-used proxy for disadvantage - are disproportionately unlikely to get into [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

Research briefing: Grammar schools

Education Datalab has produced a briefing note, setting out some of the main evidence on grammar schools and giving Datalab's initial views on the government's green paper. Click here to download the research briefing [PDF]. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

By | September 14th, 2016|Admissions, Reports, Structures|

GCSE results day 2016: The key trends in five charts

At a headline level, results have fallen this year A*-A results were down from 22.3 per cent of all results last year, to 21.7 per cent of all results this year. On the headline A*-C measure, results were down from 70.8 per cent to 69.5 per cent. (Figures given here and in the rest of [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision, School accountability|

A-Level results day 2016: The key trends in four charts

Overall, A-Level pass rates have stayed broadly the same A*-A rates were down marginally from 25.9 per cent to 25.8 per cent of all entries. A*-C rates increased slightly from 77.3 per cent to 77.6 per cent, while A*-E rates stayed unchanged, with 98.1 of all entrants achieving a pass. A-Level entry numbers are down [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

Education white paper: what would a fully academised system look like? Part two

This is the second in a series of posts on the education white paper. The other parts can be found here. It’s well-known that a greater share of secondary schools have become academies to date than have primaries. Coupled with the fact that there are lots more primary schools, this means that the bulk of [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Structures|