How many poor children do we want to go to grammar school?

The question of who will get in lies at the heart of the debate about the new generation of grammar schools that the government has proposed. As we, and plenty of others, have pointed out, children eligible for free school meals (FSM) - a commonly-used proxy for disadvantage - are disproportionately unlikely to get into [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:18:28+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

Why do pupils with lower prior attainment do better in English than maths at GCSE?

This post was updated at 14:40 on 27 September 2016 to clarify the impact of Attainment 8 calculations generally being based on the better of a child's grades in English literature and English language. We were asked on Twitter why we thought the 2016 Attainment 8 estimates for English were so much higher than for [...]

By | 2016-12-07T12:55:08+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Exams and assessment|

What Progress 8 tells us about how the curriculum has changed in schools

Secondary schools today received provisional Progress 8 data for 2016. This is a significant milestone given the importance attached to Progress 8 in the secondary school accountability framework. The rest of us will have to wait until provisional data is published in October. In the meantime DfE has published some very useful technical information that [...]

By | 2016-12-07T12:55:08+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Getting started with FFT data for KS2

School leaders are used to dealing with change, not least when it comes to assessment data, but this year is in a league of its own. With changes to all the tests, teacher assessment, scaled scores and accountability measures, headteachers would be forgiven for despairing of any attempt to make sense of it. Even when [...]

How did this year’s Key Stage 2 reading test compare to last year’s?

So now we know. The new Key Stage 2 tests in reading and maths were harder than their predecessors. And there was also substantial variation in writing teacher assessment between local authorities. In this post we examine which pupils met the expected standards in 2016, and how that compares to 2015. We also look at [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:45:46+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics, School accountability|

Progress 8 is too favourable to grammar schools and understates secondary modern achievement

Progress 8 is the new measure by which secondary schools will be judged. It works by comparing each child’s achievement in eight subjects at GCSE with the average GCSE results for other children who got the same results in exams taken at age 11. The Department for Education designed it to incentivise schools to provide a [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:18:21+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Admissions|

Grammar schools: four key research points

1. Academic selection creates winners and losers Children who attend grammar schools make more progress than they otherwise would, while children who attend non-selective schools in selective areas (secondary moderns) make less progress than they otherwise would. In any selective area, a majority of children will attend non-selective schools – the gains of those who [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:18:15+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Admissions|

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 | 2017-10-23T13:18:07+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Admissions, Reports, Structures|

Accountability for schools which admit at 14

On 13 October secondary schools will receive Progress 8 data for 2016. They will already have received so-called ‘shadow’ data for 2015, of course, but the 2016 data will be different. It will be a game changer. It will be published in Performance Tables and used to define floor standards.  As we have written previously, it [...]

By | 2016-12-07T12:55:10+00:00 September 12th, 2016|School accountability|