Pupil background ‘should be part of league tables’

Factors such as ethnicity, free meals and special needs should be considered, the Bristol University report says. The research claims a fifth of schools would see their national league table position change by over 500 places if such factors were taken into account. The BBC reports.

They say schools should be judged on a more contextual Progress 8 measure that takes into account other factors that can play a part in a child’s achievement.

Using state school GCSE data for 2018, the study authors compared the government’s current Progress 8 measure with an “adjusted” measure that also accounted for the following pupil criteria:

  • gender
  • age
  • ethnicity
  • residential deprivation
  • whether they are eligible for free meals
  • whether English is their first language
  • and whether they have special educational needs.

It found that adjusting for these background factors meant that a fifth of schools would see their ranking in national tables – which show school performance based on government accountability measures – change by over 500 places.

Read more findings in the full article Pupil background ‘should be part of league tables’ 

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