ERIC Number: EJ719256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 51
Diversity, Deprivation and the Common Good: Pupil Attainment in Catholic Schools in England
Morris, Andrew B.
Oxford Review of Education, v31 n2 p311-330 Jun 2005
Despite there being significant numbers of state maintained Catholic schools in England, they have until recently proved to be of interest only to a minority of researchers, usually those directly involved in their promotion. New Government initiatives encouraging further diversity in the provision of schools have proved controversial and, in reopening the religious debates of the 19th and early 20th centuries, have prompted interest in the academic performance of Church schools. This paper takes a longitudinal approach in reviewing information already in the public domain, as well as presenting new evidence based on national examination performance data. Standards of academic attainment at Key Stage 4 in Catholic schools compare favourably with national norms. Such schools are particularly effective with more socially disadvantaged pupils and, as such, appear to offer much to the common good of society. Further areas for research are suggested.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Norms, Disadvantaged, Catholic Schools, Academic Achievement, Educational History, Secondary Schools, Academic Standards, Institutional Characteristics, School Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)