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Breaking the Link? Attainment, poverty and rural schools

The relationship between disadvantage and attainment varies considerably between different parts of England. Combining datasets shows that poverty has a particularly pernicious effect on educational attainment in some area-types, particularly the rural areas shown in green, below. Free School Meals aren’t the only ingredient In recent years there has been increasing recognition that the relationship …

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The need for EAL specialists

2017 performance statistics show that, for the first time, EAL pupils outperformed native speakers at GCSE on all DfE measures. However, as EPI point out in a recent report, we desperately need national structures to create and retain EAL specialists. Even though EAL outcomes are high on average, this masks what are likely to be …

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White Lightning and happy teenagers- the standards and well-being conundrum

In his recent blog Sam Freedman poses a question: “Given the improvements in behaviour; the reduction in criminality; the falls in truancy; the increase in aspiration; the improvements in home lives – all of which are known to link to academic attainment – why haven’t we seen a commensurate, observable, rise in academic standards?” At LKMco …

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