What you study after your GCSEs depends on where you live

So you’ll get your GCSE results on Thursday. They’ll show that you’ve done really well. Have you decided what you’re going to do next? Has your school got a sixth form? Are your grades good enough? Are there any Colleges nearby? What do they offer? Now imagine you come and live with me in South [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:47:20+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Post-16 provision|

Do grammar schools boost the performance of primary schools?

Over the weekend the Daily Mail reported on plans to open the first new Grammar School in 50 years. The arguments for and against Grammar Schools as agents of educational improvement and social mobility will doubtless be rehearsed with even greater vigour in the coming months. In this blog we look at whether private tuition [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:17:01+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Admissions, Exams and assessment|

Opting into 2015 Progress 8 would have been an easier route to avoid floor standards for many secondary schools

Secondary school accountability is changing and by 2016 schools will be primarily judged by their Progress 8 score, rather than the proportion of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C, incl. English and maths. Progress 8 isn’t perfect (no rank order of schools serving different communities can be), but this is indeed progress. The [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:46:52+00:00 August 9th, 2015|School accountability|