ERIC Number: EJ763405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 32
Secondary Modern Schools: Are Their Pupils Disadvantaged?
Levacic, Rosalind; Marsh, Alan J.
British Educational Research Journal, v33 n2 p155-178 Apr 2007
There are still 10 English local educational authorities (LEAs) that are wholly selective and a further 10 with some grammar and secondary modern schools. This article examines the academic performance of pupils in secondary modern schools and the funding of these schools using national data sets matching pupils' performance at Key Stage 2 and General Certificate of Education (GCSE) as well as data on funding from Section 52 statements. Students in secondary modern schools gained one less grade on average than equivalent students in comprehensive schools while grammar school pupils obtained five grades more. After taking account of the cost factors and grant entitlements that influence funding per pupil, secondary modern schools in the years 2000/01-2002/03 were funded around 80 British Pounds less per pupil while grammar school pupils received over 100 British Pounds more per pupil compared to comprehensive schools. Secondary modern schools were more likely to be in financial deficit than comprehensive and particularly grammar schools. Thus, students are academically disadvantaged by attending secondary modern schools, which in most selective LEAs do not receive sufficient additional funding to offset the depressing effects on attainment of the increased social segregation arising from a selective system. (Contains 11 tables and 24 notes.)
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Educationally Disadvantaged, Secondary School Students, Selective Admission, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Financial Support, Resource Allocation, Financial Problems, Expenditure per Student, Student Transportation, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)