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

Ready to Read: Closing the gap in early language skills so that every child in England can read well

We created the data analysis for the Save the Children report 'Ready to Read'. Being able to read well is vital for a child's prospects at school and in life. Yet every year, almost 148,000 children leave primary school in England unable to read well. This includes one third of all children growing up in [...]

By | April 17th, 2015|Pupil demographics, Reports|

Using Pier-effects to evaluate free schools

Note - this piece was first published on April Fool's Day 2015! The establishment of free schools by the current government aimed to meet a demand for new school places in particular areas and to raise the performance of all schools through increased competition. For researchers, trying to show whether the establishment of a free [...]

By | April 1st, 2015|Pupil demographics|

Pupil premium isn’t working… or is it?

When national results at Key Stage 4 were published last November phrases like "the gap between rich and poor widens" typified headlines in the national press. This was because the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged (often called Pupil Premium) pupils and others in the headline measure of 5A*-C including English and maths had increased [...]

By | March 13th, 2015|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

The return of the London effect

A couple of weekends ago I attended the London Festival of Education. The “London Effect” in secondary schools, a topic on which I have blogged previously, was much discussed. One of the important contributions to the debate, cited by a number of presenters at the festival, was made last year by Simon Burgess from Bristol [...]

By | March 8th, 2015|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

We are closing the pupil premium gap – if we look in the right places

This Government has invested enormous amounts of money and political capital in closing the attainment gap between children from low-income families, and everyone else. They give schools a pupil premium for children eligible for free school meals (and some other vulnerable groups) now worth £1300 for primary pupils and £935 for secondary pupils. They gave [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|