Outstanding, coasting schools Unsatisfactory roller coasting schools

Ofsted judgements. Floor standards. Coasting schools. Schools are going to be subject to multiple accountability judgements at once. This might be helpful, ensuring no school falls between the cracks. Or it might undermine the credibility of the accountability regime by signalling confusing messages to schools.   The interplay between Ofsted judgements and coasting schools is [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:46:29+00:00 June 30th, 2015|School accountability|

Secondary schools serving affluent communities aren’t coasting

Late last night the Department for Education published the draft Bill with details of how ‘coasting’ will be defined. Three years’ data, from 2013/14 to 2015/16, will be used. The same indicators used to define floor standards will be used but the bar will be raised. The position of the bar for 2016 is not [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:46:17+00:00 June 30th, 2015|School accountability|

Choose your own coasting schools

Want to help steer the Education and Adoption Bill through Parliament? Fancy having a go at defining a coasting school? Look no further than our handy ‘Choose your own coasting secondary school’ tool, useful for Secretaries of State in need of definition. How to use the tool We give you about 3,000 secondary schools with [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:46:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|School accountability|

The enormous challenge of filling the EBacc slots

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, will likely talk this week about the new requirement for schools to teach all Key Stage 4 pupils the English Baccalaureate subjects of English, maths, science, history or geography and a language. This follows a speech last week by Nick Gibb and is arguably the most significant part [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:46:03+00:00 June 15th, 2015|Exams and assessment, 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 | 2017-03-03T09:45:58+00:00 June 15th, 2015|Pupil demographics, Reports|

Learn how to use the National Pupil Database

Would you like the use the National Pupil Database for your research? Lorraine Dearden, Mike Treadaway, Dave Thomson and I are running our annual 3-day NPD training course this year in London from Monday 3rd August-Wednesday 5th August.   You can find out more and sign up for a place here: http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/training/show.php?article=5810.   It is [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:45:48+00:00 June 8th, 2015|News|

The UKIP voters of tomorrow – Part II

A blog I wrote last week, on the “UKIP voters of tomorrow”, was very popular. In it, I explored the relationship between UKIP vote share in the 2015 General Election and constituency average GCSE performance between 2011 and 2014. There seemed to be a negative relationship between the two measures – constituencies with higher UKIP [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:45:40+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Pupil demographics|

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 | 2017-03-03T09:45:33+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics, Reports|