Are Ofsted’s new short inspection proposals a good idea?

Ofsted yesterday announced its response to the consultation it ran this summer on its short inspections policy. The inspectorate had proposed extending from 48 hours, to 15 days, the window in which a full inspection must take place after a short inspection converts. But it has now opened another consultation [PDF] that proposes that from [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:54:26+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|School accountability|

Long-term disadvantage, part four: If Carlsberg made schools…and also designed funding formulae?

This is part four in a series of blogposts exploring long-term disadvantage. Other posts in the series can be found here. At the start of the summer we showed that there are substantial differences in the attainment and progress of pupils who have been disadvantaged at some stage. The main findings of these earlier posts were [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:43:00+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Pupil demographics, School funding|

Four things PISA tells us about after-school learning

A version of this blogpost also appears on the Sutton Trust website. When the PISA results are released, almost everyone is fixated upon the average scores children have achieved in reading, science and mathematics, and our latest position in the “international rankings”. However, a lot of other information is captured within the study, some of [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:55:10+00:00 September 7th, 2017|International studies|

How prevalent is Year 12 drop-out from selective schools?

Following the coverage of St. Olave’s school in The Guardian, I revisited the analysis I did on Year 12 retention to examine the prevalence of drop-out from selective schools. I look at a subset of pupils: those who made it to the end of Year 12 and were entered for at least three AS-Levels in [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:55:24+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Admissions, Post-16 provision|