The superior educational attainments of pupils in religious foundation schools in England

Publication date: 29 Jul 2005 | Publication type: National Institute Economic Review | Theme: Education & Labour | Journal: National Institute Economic Review No. 193

Summarised from the National Institute Economic Review, number 193, July 2005. To order a the full version of this article or a subscription, please contact Sage Publications by telephone: +44 (0) 20 7324 8701, email: <a href=""></a> or online at <a href=""></a>.

Pupils of religious foundation schools in England show superior educational performance over general (Local Education Authority) schools, the advantage having been estimated in previous studies at learning about a tenth faster for the average pupil by the age of leaving primary schooling (age 11+).

In this study access to individual pupils' scores at SAT tests shows that the advantage of religious foundation schools is particularly great for lower-attaining pupils, with only the lowest tenth of those in religious schools attaining the scores of the lowest third in general schools.

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