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Raising school attainment and informing parent choice

23 March 2016

The Welsh Government's abolition of school league tables in 2000 provided an opportunity to test whether such information is important to school performance.

The ESRC funded research carried out by Professor Simon Burgess from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation and his colleagues used data on all secondary school pupils over a decade, before and after the reform, in both Wales and England.

The research concluded that the abolition of school league tables in Wales significantly damaged pupil attainment. Widespread public reporting of Professor Burgess' work results contributed to the reversal of this policy in 2011.  His work also influenced changes in the content of school school tables in 2001.

Find out more about the research and the impact it has had on educational policies.

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