Thursday 2 February 2012

Academies: The Evidence of Underperformance

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The massive release of data by the Department for Education (over 200 pieces of data on each of over 5,000 secondary schools) makes possible a thorough analysis of how well different types of school have performed. The evidence is clear and overwhelming: Academies have not been the success story that their supporters have claimed. Instead there is a clear record of under-performance.

The overall figures have long been clear, for the key measure of % achieving 5 A-Cs at GCSE including English and Maths:

Academies: 47%
Non-academies: 60%

The data now includes a figure for the % achieving 5 A-Cs including English and Maths but without counting non-GCSE qualifications like Btecs. Here the difference is even more stark:

Academies: 34%
Non-academies: 54%

Read the full article at the Local Schools Network

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