Educational outcomes of vulnerable children
The research includes descriptive analysis of data from England, Wales and Scotland. The respective datasets used for the three countries are: the National Pupil Database (NPD); National Data Collection (NDC), and the Pupils in Scotland Census linked to examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The analysis looks at attainment across the Key Stages in relation to children and young people's characteristics, for example special educational needs and ethnicity. As data were unavailable for many of the children defined as vulnerable, a literature review was conducted to gain an understanding of their experiences.
The project is funded by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. It began in December 2012 and will be completed by the end of 2013.