What difference does a year make? Part 1

This is part one of a series of posts exploring trends in attainment by month of birth over time. A link will be added to later posts once they have been published. Dave Thomson’s recent blogpost about how attainment varies by month of birth reminded me of one of the reasons I first got interested [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Pupil demographics, School accountability|

Getting older quicker

At Datalab we write about half a dozen blogposts in a typical month. Some we slave over and others we knock out in a matter of minutes, usually with one eye on the football or Paw Patrol. Being unashamed data wonks, we then pore over Google Analytics to see which of our posts have left [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Pupil demographics, School accountability|

Putting Progress 8 in context

We thought we’d run out of things to say about Progress 8 but a couple of blogposts from Tom Sherrington and Jim Gordon last week made us realise that we hadn’t. Both examine, among other things, how Progress 8 scores vary by pupil and school characteristics. (Progress 8 is the headline value added measure by which [...]

By | March 2nd, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

The equivalence of A-Levels and BTECs

Last week, the Higher Education Policy Institute published a report on BTECs and university admissions [PDF]. It recognised that much of the increase in the proportion of young people achieving Level 3 – A-Levels or equivalents – by age 19 (see Table 3 here, XLSX) has been driven by increased participation in BTECs and other [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

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|

Global Gaps: Comparing socio-economic gaps in the performance of highly able UK pupils internationally

Today the Sutton Trust have published Global Gaps, a report I produced for them considering gaps in performance between highly able disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children, using PISA 2015 data Read the full report here [PDF]. A blogpost on some of the findings can be found here.

By | February 9th, 2017|Reports|

What does PISA 2015 tell us about deprivation and highly able children?

There’s long been interest in socio-economic inequalities in educational achievement in England. Typically, most research in this area focuses on differences in average scores. Less attention has been paid to young people at the extremes of the distribution – for instance, how achievement varies between the most able pupils from advantaged and disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Pupil demographics|

Forget about grammars, we need places for pupils with special educational needs

Two blogposts from the Headteachers’ Roundtable concerning funding and pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care plans (EHCP)[1] caught our eye recently. The first, by Jarlath O’Brien, highlighted the projected 15% increase in the number of pupils requiring a place in a special school over the next ten years [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Pupil demographics, Structures|