Multilevel modelling of the Government's new school performance measures, 'floor standards' target and 'narrowing the gap' priority

ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant



Each year, the Government publishes school performance tables that report the achievement and progress of pupils in English secondary schools. In the 2011 tables, the Government:

These changes have important implications - ‘underperforming’ schools will risk being placed in ‘special measures’, take-over, or even closure - and it is therefore imperative that they are critically reviewed and that innovative techniques are developed and applied to explore potential improvements to the accuracy, usefulness and communication of school performance tables.

This grant will do this by pursuing a programme of methodological and substantive research using multilevel modelling, and based on secondary analyses of the Government’s highly detailed pupil and school level performance data which underlie their tables.

Visiting fellow

Peer reviewed journal articles

Book chapters

Articles under review in peer reviewed journals

Working papers

Articles in preparation for peer reviewed journals

Conference proceedings

Other publications

Invited presentations

Other conference, workshop and seminar presentations

Teaching presentations

Multilevel modelling short courses given

Citations in government and other non-academic publications

Media coverage

Training and development undergone

An important part of the grant is for me to accelerate my statistical modelling skills development and expertise. I have attended the following courses:

I am also developing my more general research and knowledge exchange-related skills:

In addition to the above conferences and events, I have also attended (but not presented) at the following conferences and events:

Related conference organisation

Related advisory work

Previous publications

Prior to the grant, I have published the following related articles: