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|

Multi-academy trust league tables: What can we learn from the data?

This morning the government published multi-academy trust (MAT) league tables, building on an approach it trialled last year. At a headline level, two thirds of MATs had Progress 8 scores that were below average across the secondary schools which they run [PDF]. But what does the underlying data tell us? In this analysis we’re looking at [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, Structures|

‘Schools that work for everyone’ consultation – Education Datalab response

Education Datalab has today submitted its response to the government’s Schools that work for everyone consultation. The green paper consulted on: the identification of those families who are ‘just about managing’; the contribution which independent schools can make to the state sector; conditions that should be met if existing selective schools are to be allowed [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Pupil demographics, Reports, Structures|

Provisional KS4 data 2016: Grammar schools reporting fantastic Progress 8 scores? Not so fast…

Today’s provisional Key Stage 4 data shows a strong Progress 8 performance from grammar schools, and a negative Progress 8 score for those calling themselves secondary moderns. But the positive results of the grammars seem to more than outweigh the negative results of secondary moderns. So, should we use this data to claim that selection [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Exams and assessment, School accountability, Structures|

Research briefing: Grammar schools

Education Datalab has produced a briefing note, setting out some of the main evidence on grammar schools and giving Datalab's initial views on the government's green paper. Click here to download the research briefing [PDF]. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

By | September 14th, 2016|Admissions, Reports, Structures|

Education white paper: what would a fully academised system look like? Part two

This is the second in a series of posts on the education white paper. The other parts can be found here. It’s well-known that a greater share of secondary schools have become academies to date than have primaries. Coupled with the fact that there are lots more primary schools, this means that the bulk of [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Structures|

Education white paper: what would a fully academised system look like?

This is the first in a series of posts on the education white paper. The other parts can be found here. It has been just over a month since Educational Excellence Everywhere – the government’s education white paper – was published. In a document that covers topics ranging from teacher training to school funding, unsurprisingly the [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Structures|