Magazine article Public Finance

School Segregation Not Decreasing, LSE Study Finds

Magazine article Public Finance

School Segregation Not Decreasing, LSE Study Finds

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The best-rated secondary schools are still recruiting too many of the most able pupils In spite of government efforts to narrow the gap, research for the Department for Education and Skills has found.

Researchers from the London School of Economics, In their study Are schools drifting apart? published by the DfES on January 2, found there is still a 30 percentile difference in the average ability of pupils entering the best and worst state secondary schools in England - a gap that has not changed since 1996.

The researchers concluded that geographical disparities were the likely cause of these Marge and stable' differences which, they said, were the source of parents' worries about 'inequity In school provision and of failings in the school system'.

The gap was a cause for concern because 'school intake ability does matter for pupil attainment... pupils in schools with high mean intake ability are at a real advantage over others', they added. …

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