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ERIC Number: ED574319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2042-2695
The Introduction of Academy Schools to England's Education. CEP Discussion Paper No. 1368
Eyles, Andrew; Machin, Stephen
Centre for Economic Performance
We study the origins of what has become one of the most radical and encompassing programmes of school reform seen in the recent past amongst advanced countries--the introduction of academy schools to English secondary education. Academies are state schools that are allowed to run in an autonomous manner which is free from local authority control. Almost all academies are conversions from already existent state schools and so are school takeovers that enable more autonomy. Our analysis shows that this first round of academy conversions that took place in the 2000s generated significant improvements in the quality of pupil intake and in pupil performance. There is evidence of heterogeneity as improvements only occur for schools experiencing the largest increase in their school autonomy relative to their predecessor state. Analysis of mechanisms points to changes in head teachers and management structure as key factors underpinning these improvements in pupil outcomes. An appendix contains the Data Description. [This paper was produced as part of the Centre for Economic Performance's Education and Skills Programme.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council (England)
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (England), Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)