Our analysis highlights how family background shapes educational achievement and what policy can do to weaken the link

Long-term disadvantage, part three: Ethnicity, EAL and long-term disadvantage

This is part three in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. The previous post touched on the relationship between ethnicity, disadvantage and KS2-to-KS4 progress. It made a simple distinction, with white British pupils in one group and all other minority ethnic pupils in another group. [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|Pupil demographics|

Long-term disadvantage, part two: How do Pipworth Primary and Sheffield Park Academy do so well for their disadvantaged pupils?

This is part two in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. The first post in this series showed how the attainment and progress of pupils varied according to how often they had been FSM-eligible – with pupils who are FSM-eligible on almost every occasion (90% [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Pupil demographics|

Long-term disadvantage, part one: Challenges and successes

This is part one in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. Pupil Premium pupils are defined as those claiming free school meals at least once in the previous six years. Given that there are three school census returns each year, the Pupil Premium group varies [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Pupil demographics|

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|

What difference does a year make? Part 3

This is part three in a series of posts exploring trends in attainment over time by month of birth. Other posts in the series can be found here. The first two blogposts in this series showed that pupils’ attainment varies with their month of birth, with September-born pupils on average having higher attainment than those born [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

What PISA tells us about pupils from ordinary working families

Last week, we heard a lot from the government about their interest in children from ‘ordinary working families’. (For our initial take on the topic, see here and here.) In its new consultation document, the Department for Education has provided information on the GCSE grades and progress of these children – defined as those not [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Admissions, Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

‘Ordinary working families’ won’t get access to grammar schools – and government data confirms as much

The new government consultation on ‘ordinary working families’ is being used as the latest piece of arsenal to shore up support for grammar schools among the general public (the majority of whose children will, of course, get to attend secondary moderns). From it they conclude that the children of ordinary working families stand a good [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

‘Ordinary working families’ are not educationally disadvantaged – those claiming benefits are

The Department for Education has published a consultation document on family incomes, pupil attainment and school attended that will either fascinate (if you are a data cruncher) or terrify you (if you are a privacy campaigner). For the first time, the records of pupils sitting in the National Pupil Database have been matched to parental [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Admissions, Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

What difference does a year make? Part 2

This is part two in a series of posts exploring trends in attainment over time by month of birth. Other posts in the series can be found here. In the first part in this series we looked at how attainment at age seven – Key Stage 1 – varied with pupils’ month of birth. Overall, [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|