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November 24th

Poor bright girls left behind in class, school spending study shows

Research on what works in school spending finds teaching assistants are effective in supporting low achieving pupils but able girls from poorer backgrounds make the least progress.

November 19th

Deaf children missing out on classroom support, study suggests

Children with only mild hearing losses are being overlooked in schools, resulting in academic achievement no better than profoundly deaf children, according to a study published today by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. 

November 17th

Poor lose, and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010 – without cutting the deficit

Changes to direct taxation and benefits made by the Coalition Government since 2010 have resulted in the poorest losing a greater share of their income than the richest. Overall, these changes have not reduced the deficit because revenue gains were offset by the cost of tax reductions, particularly the increase in the income tax personal allowance.

November 10th

First study comparing overall costs and benefits of new teacher training routes

Government is making significant changes to initial teacher training (ITT) in England, with a shift towards school-based training and away from traditional university-based routes. New school-based routes trained around 20% of trainee teachers in 2013/2014, and this percentage is set to expand, despite limited knowledge of the overall costs and benefits across alternative routes.

November 4th

Students from poorer backgrounds do less well at university

Amongst those who go to university, students from less affluent backgrounds are more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate with a first or upper second class degree than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. This is true even amongst those on the same course who arrived at university with similar grades. These are the main findings of new research published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.