22 Sep '14

News Schools quality does not affect gaps in attainment, research shows

Academics findings suggest disadvantaged pupils underachieve regardless of whether school is rated highly by OfstedChildren on free school meals continue to underachieve in the classroom, regardless of whether the school they attend is rated highly by Ofsted or not, according to a paper by a leading education academic. Professor Steve Strand, of Oxford University, says the stubbornness of the attainment gap across all types of schools suggests that the quality of a school is not enough to overcome a disadvantaged background.His paper, which is being presented to the British Educational Research Associations annual conference this week, challenges the current narrative favoured by politicians of all parties, that schools are failing where they do not close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier peers. Instead, he suggests, factors outside school, rather than anything happening in the classroom, may be the root cause of attainment gaps. Continue reading...

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