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 | 2017-09-22T11:12:07+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 | 2017-09-06T15:48:26+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 | 2017-09-06T15:47:13+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 | 2017-09-05T11:00:52+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Admissions, Post-16 provision|

Provisional KS2 data 2017: Five key points from today’s release

1. The percentage of pupils achieving the higher standard has increased We already knew that the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths increased from 53% last year to 61% this year. And today’s release of provisional Key Stage 2 data shows that the percentage reaching the higher standard increased [...]

By | 2017-09-04T11:29:58+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

GCSE results day 2017: Good news about resits in English

[This post was updated at 18.15 on 24th August 2017 to amend 2016 figures for maths] One bit of good news from this year’s GCSE results is that the percentages of 17-year-olds in England achieving A*-C grades in English have gone up. However, working out by just how much they have improved is made slightly [...]

By | 2017-08-24T18:26:49+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

GCSE results day 2017: It’s all about the (lack of) money, money, money

In England, the government has been trying to push schools into raising entries in the so-called EBacc subjects through its accountability metrics: the percentage entering and achieving the EBacc, and Progress 8. This is one reason why subject entries have been changing so much in recent years. However, another reason why they are changing is [...]

By | 2017-08-25T13:39:38+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

GCSE results day 2017: The key trends in entries and results

We have the first set of results under the new 9-1 GCSEs Maths, English language and English literature form the first wave of GCSEs to be reformed in England, with 9-1 numerical grades awarded instead of letters. In the new, ‘fat’ maths GCSE – so-called, because of the extra content that’s been added to it [...]

By | 2017-08-25T13:36:08+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Exams and assessment|

A-Level results day 2017: A look at changing grade distributions

We looked at some of the main A-Level results trends this morning, and separately we have looked at how results changed in subjects that have been reformed (in brief: attainment fell slightly). But there are a couple of other interesting trends in grade distributions to be drawn out. Some specific subjects are seeing quite large [...]

By | 2017-08-17T17:20:38+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|