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Modelling the effect of pupil mobility on school differences in educational achievement

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941 - 954
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A
Volume170 (4)
DatePublished - Oct 2007


The recently introduced national pupil database in England allows the tracking of every child through the compulsory phases of the state education system. The data from key stage 2 for three local education authorities are studied, following cohorts of pupils through their schooling. The mobility of pupils among schools is studied in detail by using multiple-membership multilevel models that include prior achievement and other predictors and the results are compared with traditional ‘value-added’ approaches that ignore pupil mobility. The analysis also includes a cross-classification of junior and infant schools attended. The results suggest that some existing conclusions about schooling effects may need to be revised.

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