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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

Understanding the determinants of educational achievement and the association with health and well-being by age 14 in Wales

Research overview

Analysis of Wales’ Millennium Cohort Study led to measures including the Welsh Government’s Early Years and Childcare Plan and the UK Government’s independent Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. This new research project will extend this previous analysis further and contribute to the recommendations and policies of the Welsh Government to tackle inequalities in educational achievement and to raise educational standards in Wales.

 


Benefit

This research project has the potential to identify inequalities in educational achievement as well as to identify communities or population subgroups that could benefit from intervention programmes promoting education. In particular, where possible, the project will assess the impact on specific subgroups − including groups considered relatively deprived, enabling the Welsh Government to assess the potential of targeting these subgroups.

  


More about the project

This research project will explore the main determinants of educational achievement at age 11 and 14 years as well as the routes of educational ‘success’ for different groups of children when also looking at their background and the impact that this can have on their educational experiences.

Previous analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study in Wales has already had significant impact, including the Welsh Government’s Early Years and Childcare Plan and the UK Government’s independent Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. This new research project will extend this previous analysis further and will make a direct contribution to the recommendations and policies of the Welsh Government to tackle inequalities in educational achievement and to raise educational standards in Wales.

This research project has the potential to identify inequalities in educational achievement as well as to identify communities or population subgroups that could benefit from intervention programmes promoting education. In particular, where possible, the project will assess the impact on specific subgroups − including groups considered relatively deprived, enabling the Welsh Government to assess the potential of targeting these subgroups.

In 2012-13, the Welsh Government introduced annual national reading and numeracy tests for all children aged 7 to 14. This research project will be the first to use this education data − and, when linked, it should provide an even more detailed examination of educational trajectories/progress.

 


Date approved 

June 2015

 


Research team

Professor Chris Taylor, WISERD, Cardiff University

Dr. Dora Pouliou, ADRC Wales, Swansea University


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