Social inequalities in access to high quality teachers

Today the Social Market Foundation’s Commission on Inequality in Education publishes a new piece of work that we have co-authored, arguing that inequalities in access to high quality teachers across schools may contribute to social inequalities in educational outcomes. Those who work in education often hear anecdotes suggesting that schools serving more disadvantaged communities have [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|Reports, Teacher careers|

Options for setting the grade 9 boundary in GCSEs

We were commissioned by Ofqual to consider the likely impact on different types of schools of different approaches to the award of grade 9 in new GCSEs. Three approaches to the award of grade 9 were modelled: 20% approach: the grade 9 boundary in each subject is set so that the top 20% of students [...]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Exams and assessment, Reports|

Caught out: Primary schools, catchment areas and social selection

This morning, the Sutton Trust published our research into primary school admissions and social selection. For many the findings come as no surprise: there are thousands of highly socially selective primary schools that have intakes that are considerably more affluent than the neighbourhoods from which they recruit. They are more likely to be located in [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Admissions, Reports|

Impact of skills and training interventions on the unemployed

In this project with Peter Urwin and Augusto Cerqua we analyse the returns to FE learning using matched ILR-WPLS administrative data. This programme of investigation identifies good labour market returns to FE learning, and compelling evidence that previous less favourable findings [for instance relating to Level 2 vocational learning] were a result of data limitations, rather than [...]

By | December 17th, 2015|Post-16 provision, Reports|

Floors, tables and coasters: Shifting the education furniture in England’s secondary schools

Since our launch eight months ago, Education Datalab has completed research on school admissions and selection, teacher careers, pupil premium gaps and individual pupil attainment trajectories. But we have written more about secondary school accountability than any other topic. This is, perhaps, not surprising, given the enormous changes in the qualification and accountability regimes currently [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|Exams and assessment, Reports, School accountability|

Missing Talent: Raising the aspirations and achievement of the 7,000 highly able pupils who fall behind at secondary school

Every year there are high achievers at primary school, pupils scoring in the top 10% nationally in their Key Stage 2 (KS2) tests, yet who five years later receive a set of GCSE results that place them outside the top 25% of pupils. There are about 7,000 such pupils each year, 15% of all those [...]

By | June 15th, 2015|Pupil demographics, Reports|

A comprehensive schooling system must ensure that all children are able to reach their full potential, even those who are already performing well

Today the Sutton Trust has published Missing Talent, a research brief we wrote on the 7,000 pupils who score in the top 10% nationally in their KS2 tests, yet who five years later receive a set of GCSE results that places them outside the top 25%. The findings show that boys, particularly those from disadvantaged [...]

By | June 3rd, 2015|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics, Reports|

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|

Seven things you might not know about our schools

This evening we launch Education Datalab with a report ‘Seven things you might not know about our schools'. Rich data on our schools has been available for over a decade now but, as we hope this report shows, there is still much we can learn. Every piece of analysis we show in this report is [...]