Seminar: 'School choice' in England - fact or fiction: evidence from national administrative data

Seminar: 'School choice' in England - fact or fiction: evidence from national administrative data

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Date: 17 Mar 2020 Venue: Cambridge Assessment The Triangle Building, Shaftesbury Road Cambridge CB2 8EA
Time: 15:45 - 18:30
Type: Seminar Fee: Free

Since 1988, parents have notionally had the right to choose the school that their child attends. More precisely, they can choose to apply to their preferred school, but with no guarantee that their child can actually enrol there.

There are many prevailing myths around school choice; the first being that parents have a 'free' choice. Another being that parents from poorer households don’t care which school their child attends and will just select the nearest one.

At this Cambridge Assessment Network seminar, Professor Anna Vignoles FBA will explore some of these myths using a new large-scale national dataset, providing a rich empirical description of how the school choice market functions.

Analysing the choices of all parents seeking a school place in state secondary schools, Professor Vignoles explores the number of choices made by parents, the extent to which parents really do choose their nearest school and how likely different types of families are to get an offer which will enable their child to attend the school of their choice.

She will discuss how parents pro-actively use the choice system and show the extent to which the current school choice system penalises poorer families.

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About the speaker

Speaker Professor Anna VignolesAnna Vignoles is a Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. Anna undertakes research into how we can improve students’ academic achievement and help them develop the skills they need in the labour market.

She has a particular interest in researching the inequalities we see in access to education (globally) and, in the UK content, the lower levels of educational success of children from poorer families. She also studies the economic and social outcomes from education.

Anna has been advisor to Dame Shirley Pearce’s Teaching Excellence Framework review, is on The Sutton Trust Advisory Board and has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury.

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