Our research investigates the strengths and weaknesses of different school performance measures and how schools respond to the incentives they create

How many language teachers would we need to reach the Conservatives’ 75% EBacc target?

The Conservatives’ manifesto has revised the party’s commitment to require all students to study the English Baccalaureate subjects at Key Stage 4. It now has a more modest proposal that 75% of students should study the EBacc by the end of the next parliament [PDF]. To be considered to have entered the EBacc a child [...]

Shadowplay

Towards the end of last month, the Department for Education published ‘shadow’ Attainment 8 data for 2015/16 [PDF]. This shows the impact of moving from the familiar scoring of A*-G grades – one point for grade G, up to eight points for grade A* – to the interim scale that will be used in 2016/17 [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Are 19-year-olds really becoming less qualified?

Aficionados of DfE Statistical First Releases (SFRs) were shocked to their very core a couple of weeks ago with the revelation that the percentage of 19-year-olds qualified to Level 2 had fallen for the first time since records began. In the real world this equates to young people achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision, 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|

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|