Who’s left: Three questions for the Department for Education from our work

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. This post was updated at 19:05 on 31 January 2017, to correct an explanation of the duty which local authorities have regarding pupils in their areas. 1. Are they satisfied that enough is being done [...]

By | 2017-11-20T16:16:24+00:00 January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: Will Progress 8 reduce incentives to lose low-attaining pupils?

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Progress 8 is the ‘value added’ measure by which secondary schools are now being judged – it came into play from the 2015/16 academic year. Such value added measures look at the progress which a [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:05:50+00:00 January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: How do pupils count in league tables, and how does our reweighting approach work?

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Three school censuses are carried out each year – in October, January and May – recording which pupils are on-roll at which schools. When it comes to inclusion in a mainstream secondary school’s league table [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:06:02+00:00 January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: The main findings

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Today we are publishing the findings of a major piece of work we have carried out looking at pupil moves and the impact on secondary school results. Our investigation into the issue and the children [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:06:10+00:00 January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Who’s left: An introduction to our work

This is one of several blogposts in Datalab's 'Who's left' series of posts. The full series can be found here. Pupils moves are a common, but under-scrutinised part of the education system. For the children who change school, it’s no small thing. A new school to get used to, a change of friends, new teachers, [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:06:18+00:00 January 31st, 2017|School accountability|

Another attempt at a qualification-neutral Progress 8 measure

Progress 8 is the value added measure by which secondary schools are being judged, starting from the last academic year. At Datalab we’re broadly supportive of it as a measure. But no measure of school performance is perfect, and P8 is no exception. It doesn’t account for pupil background, and so favours schools with high percentages [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:06:25+00:00 January 24th, 2017|School accountability|

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 | 2017-10-23T13:10:35+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, Structures|

KS4 performance tables 2016: When coasting feels like paddling hard to keep your head above water

This week, 319 secondary schools have been told that they are coasting and so will become eligible for intervention. This includes a staggeringly high 22.6% of schools in the east Midlands. For those deemed to have insufficient capacity to bring about improvement this could be the start of a long road to forced academisation. And [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:10:26+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, School improvement|