Academies Programme (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor aware of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance study on Academy Schools, which casts doubt on the performance improvements of Academy schools, and states that GCSE results of Academy and matched schools are 'statistically indistinguishable from one another'?


Answer for Academies Programme (1)

Answer for Academies Programme (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware of this study. The research undertaken by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics was based on the performance of the 27 Academies that opened for the academic years 2002/3 to 2005/6. It does not include an analysis of data for 2007, 2008 or 2009.

The research looked at four cohorts of Academies, each cohort based on the year in which the Academy opened. It matched each Academy in the cohort with a similar poorly performing state school that had not become an Academy. It also compared the Academy performance against the performance of all state schools in the Academy's local education authority.

In all but one of these cohorts, Academies outperformed matched schools and the average of all LEA schools.

When looking at contextual value added ('CVA'), an indicator of how well the school improves pupil performance from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4, the report concludes that 'there are positive (small but statistically significant) impacts on pupil value-added'.

Comparing the 62 Academies which have results in 2008 to their predecessor schools in 2001 there has been a 32.3 percentage point improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C from 23.2% in 2001 to 55.5% in 2008 and this improvement is nearly twice that seen over the same period nationally.

Academies have also improved their KS3 performance at twice the national average in English, maths and science. *