New interactive database aims to help schools close achievement gap

The Telegraph is reporting that secondary schools in England will be able to compare their performance with similar schools in an attempt to close the achievement gap between rich and poor students…

The interactive database will group schools together in “families” of 50 based on factors including prior attainment, percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals and the number of pupils with English as an additional language.

Schools with similar results in these areas will then be able to compare pupil attainment on a range of measures, highlighting differences in achievement and promoting collaboration between schools.

The database, launched by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), is the first of its kind and the charity hopes that, by highlighting these figures, schools will be given the opportunity to more easily identify potential areas of improvement by learning from the best performing schools in their “family”.

While national figures suggest that the attainment gap between pupils on free school meals and their peers, at age 11 and 16, has narrowed slightly over the past three years, the EEF has warned that, at the current rate, it will still take over 20 years to close the gap…

Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation said the new database will give school leaders a clear indication of their own strengths and weaknesses as well as creating a valuable opportunity for collaboration between schools…

More at: School collaboration could help close achievement gap


You can access the Families of Schools database at the EEF website here


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The cynic in me suggests this will just be another stick with which to beat schools and teachers come inspection time

  2. monty back

    Focus on understanding more about how to get deep learning and engaging with learners and learning. You don’t fatten a pig by weighing it!
    Attainment and achievement are not the same thing, so stop confusing them.

  3. AspieDeLaZouch

    SchoolsImprove I tried it: we have almost twice % of EAL as our “most similar school” and 25% more FSM/PP. HOW are we similar?

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