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The influence of private primary schooling on children's learning: Evidence from three generations of children living in the UK

Parsons, SJ; Green, GF; Ploubidis, G; Sullivan,, A; Wiggins, RD; (2017) The influence of private primary schooling on children's learning: Evidence from three generations of children living in the UK. British Educational Research Journal , 43 (5) pp. 823-847. 10.1002/berj.3300.

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Abstract

Much has been made of the academic success of children who have attended private secondary schools in Britain, but far less attention has been directed to whether there are similar benefits from attending a private primary school. Using data from three British birth cohorts—born in 1958, 1970 and 2000/1—this paper profiles the family background and personal characteristics of children at state-funded and private fee-paying schools and then investigates the effect of the type of primary school attended on academic progress made during the primary-school years. Applying ‘value-added’ linear regression and propensity score-matching techniques, we find evidence of a positive association between private primary-school attendance and a child's cognitive progress in all three cohorts. This effect remains after accounting for a wide range of individual and family characteristics, despite the very different times and socio-economic circumstances experienced by the children and their families in the three studies. Findings are discussed and compared against contrasting international findings.

Type: Article
Title: The influence of private primary schooling on children's learning: Evidence from three generations of children living in the UK
DOI: 10.1002/berj.3300
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3300
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 British Educational Research Association. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Private primary school; academic achievement; cohort; longitudinal; UK
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10024567
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