The post below makes available Henry Stewart’s presentation to the conference on Building on London’s Success, organised by the teaching unions at the Institute of Education on 8th February.It first appeared on the Local Schools Network website.
You can download more from the URL at the end.
But the Key Facts are given below – and may surprise those who have been taken in by Gove’s rhetoric on academy performance.
1. Non academies GCSE results grew as fast as sponsored academies, when similar schools are compared
2. Academies are far more likely to get their results from GCSE equivalents
3. The greater academy use of equivalents is still true even if previously underperforming schools are compared
4. Pupils in sponsored academies are less likely to achieve a humanity GCSE. Again this remains true if only similar schools are compared
5. Pupils in sponsored academies are less likely to achieve a language GCSE. Again this remains true if only similar schools are compared
6. The larger, long established chains perform far worse than other schools Looking only at schools that have been academies for 5 years or more, 4 of the 7 biggest chains have an average GCSE benchmark of 35% or below
7. In contrast there has been one huge success educational story and that is the London transformation. All types of students do better in London, but especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Henry Stewart aims to do a longer post, reproducing the charts in the presentation. But, for the moment, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or access the charts via the links here.
Henry Stewart | February 8, 2014 http://wp.me/p2Sjns-4Ig