Regular LSN readers will know that each year, when the GCSE school league tables are published, I carry out an analysis of the comparative performance of sponsored academies and similar community schools. In the past this has been in response to exaggerated claims from the Secretary of State about the academy performance.
No such claims appear to have been made this year. This could be because Nicky Morgan has a different approach to Michael Gove. Or it could be because, even comparing all sponsored academies to all community schools, the academies did worse. As has been widely noted the 2014 GCSE figures, with equivalents largely removed, are lower than in 2013. The average fall at sponsored academies was 5.6%, compared to 4.4% at community schools (and 4.2% at converter academies).
To compare similar schools, I have banded them according to their 2013 results. In every band the figures for community schools fell less than (or, in one band, rose more than) in the sponsored academies. This was perhaps to be expected, as it was widely known that sponsored academies made far greater use of GCSE equivalents:
As in previous years there is an inverse relationship between last year’s results and the change from 2013 to 2014. Those with GCSE results below 40% did, on average, increase their figures. Those above saw their figures, on average, an increasing fall in line with the level of the 2013 results (until the 80%+ band).
This is my quick initial analysis of the results. Watch this space for more to come.