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Disadvantaged primary-school children

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There is much (justified) concern about disadvantaged children falling further behind as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. If so, this will reverse recent progress. Since 2016, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils achieving expected standards at age 11 has increased from 40% to over 50%:

Annual expenditure on school maintenance (£m)

 

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who achieve high standards at age 11, while still low, has more than doubled over the same period:

Annual expenditure on school maintenance (£ per pupil)

 

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Rebuilding schools

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The government recently announced its intention to spend an extra £1bn fixing dilapidated school buildings in England. State schools (primary, secondary and special) collectively spend about £1bn a year maintaining their buildings, though over the last few years this figure has fallen in nominal terms, let alone real terms:

Annual expenditure on school maintenance (£m)

 

In 2019, this amounted to about £112 a year per pupil, down from £120 in 2012:

Annual expenditure on school maintenance (£ per pupil)

 

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Qualified teachers are not evenly distributed

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Our recent joint report with Teacher Tapp and the Gatsby Foundation points, among other things, to concerns about placing newly qualified teachers (NQTs) following a highly disrupted teacher recruiting season.

Here, we look at the current distribution of qualified teachers by English region. Among primary schools, the proportions of qualified teachers are generally higher in the west of the country than in the east:

Proportions of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium

 

And the same is true in secondary schools:

Proportions of pupils reaching the expected standard by Year 6

 

We've no idea why this should be, but if you know then do tell by writing to [email protected]

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Surprising regional disparities in primary school attainment

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It's well known that the English regions with the highest proportions of poor children are the North East and London:

Proportions of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium

 

Less widely appreciated is the fact that these two regions also show the highest attainment among state primary schools:

Proportions of pupils reaching the expected standard by Year 6

 

This is true for most primary subjects. Only in reading does the south convincingly outperform the north:

Average reading score in Year 6

 

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Ethnicity and schools

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Amid the ongoing debates about racial equality, here are some charts that illustrate the changing ethnic and cultural nature of school populations in England. The proportions of pupils for whom English is not their first language continue to grow among both primary and secondary schools. They now account for around one in six pupils (though very unevenly distributed across England):

Proportions of pupils for whom English is not their first language

 

At the same time, the proportions of pupils identifying as white British are in decline, with around a third associating with other ethnic groups:

Proportions of pupils identifying as white British

 

Meanwhile, the proportions of ethnic-minority teachers in secondary schools (but not primary schools) has been rising too. However, this still amounts to only about the half of the proportion of ethnic-minority pupils:

Proportion of ethnic-minority teachers in secondary schools

 

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Spending on technology for teaching is in decline

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The amount spent on ICT learning resources by state primary and secondary schools in England has been in decline over recent years, even in nominal terms (ie, before allowing for inflation). Striking given our current reliance on online learning:

Spending on ICT learning resources

 

From 2012 to 2019, spending on ICT learning resources was greatest in London and the South East among primary schools:

Spending on ICT learning resources

 

The same is true for secondary schools too:

Spending on ICT learning resources

 

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