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Longitudinal examination of educational attainment throughout the school lifecourse in Aberdeen: Inequality at the starting gate and beyond

Research overview

Socio-economic educational inequalities (differences in attainment between children from more and less advantaged families) are apparent on entry to school and may increase as pupils move through their school career. Educational inequalities in primary school, and more widely, have not been well researched in Scotland due to a lack of available data. This project will address this research gap by making use of a unique source of administrative educational testing data which has been collected in Aberdeen since 1997.

 


Benefit

This research will help parents, teachers, the general public, policy makers and social justice charities to understand inequality and social mobility in Scotland, and the degree to which children in Scotland are being enabled to achieve their full potential. It will raise awareness of inequality, and can influence teaching practices and government policy.

 


Government departments

Scottish Government


More about the project

Socio-economic educational inequalities (i.e. attainment differences between children from more and less advantaged families) are apparent on entry to school and may increase as pupils move through their school career. Educational inequalities in primary school, and more widely, have not been well researched in Scotland due to a lack of available data. This project will address this research gap by making use of a unique source of administrative educational testing data which has been collected in Aberdeen since 1997. Aberdeen administers a series of educational tests to primary school pupils on entry to school and at different time points throughout primary school. These tests are provided by the University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring and are known as the Performance Indicators for Primary Schools (PIPS).

This project will examine the socio-economic inequalities apparent when children enter school in Aberdeen, and how this baseline inequality has changed since 1997. We will also link these primary school tests with standardised school examination results taken at the end of compulsory schooling (e.g. Standard Grades). This will allow us to examine educational attainment throughout the school career for multiple cohorts of children in Aberdeen, and to investigate the extent to which educational inequalities change throughout the school career. 


Date Approved

September 2015


Lead researcher

Roxanne Connelly, University of Warwick


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