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Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes in English Schools

Anders, JD; Henderson, M; (2019) Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes in English Schools. In: Volante, L and Schnepf, S and Jerrim, J and Klinger, D, (eds.) Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes - National Trends, Policies, and Practices - Education Policy & Social Inequality. (pp. 41-62). Springer: Singapore. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter explores socioeconomic inequality in educational outcomes in England. We begin by describing the key features of the English education system and highlight the characteristics of the student population. We explore the educational outcomes of socioeconomically disadvantaged young people through comparison of a number of different outcomes during educational careers. We analyze policies introduced or mooted in recent years to consider the extent to which they are likely to address these challenges successfully. These include the introduction of “academy” schools, reforms to the school curriculum, changes to education funding, the potential (re-)growth of academically selective schooling, increased investment in early years education, and an increased focused on gathering and disseminating robust evidence on ‘what works’ in educational attainment. Many of these changes seem unlikely to hold many lessons for other countries wishing to reduce attainment gaps. However, there are notable exceptions, particularly regarding early years’ education and improving the evidence base on what practical changes schools can make to promote attainment among those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes in English Schools
ISBN-13: 978-981-13-9863-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-9863-6_3
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-9863-6_3
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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 - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060076
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