NFER – The Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned NFER to undertake statistical analysis of school level GCSE data provided by the Department of Education and accessible from their website. The purpose of the analysis was to determine whether there was any differential progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 that can be associated with schools status. This report highlights analysis undertaken on the 2011 and 2012 GCSE results with future analysis on the 2013 and 2014 results also planned. Additional analyses looking at changes over time were also carried out.
Guardian Education – Vocational courses help academies lead the way, study finds. Academy schools fare better than local authority-maintained schools thanks to GCSE-equivalent qualifications.