PhD, 2nd Year (Full Time)
Free Schools in England
This project focuses on the introduction of Free Schools to England and their impact on levels of segregation within and between schools in this country. Using data from the National Pupil Database and School Census, an analysis of the composition of the schools will be carried out. This will give a clearer picture of the children and families that Free Schools are serving, and the extent to which a balanced ‘school mix’ is being achieved. Comparisons will be made with ‘competing’ schools and others in the LEA in the hope of understanding more about the effects that the opening of a new Free School has had on their intakes.
A second part of the study will concentrate on the admissions procedures and policies that Free Schools are using. As Free Schools operate outside of LEA control with regards to admissions, they are able to create their own admissions and appeals policies provided that they act within the legislation of the 2012 Admissions Code. The range of oversubscription criteria that Free Schools use and the way that they prioritise places for different groups of children is, therefore, of interest. The research will also explore how the methods used by Free Schools to attract applicants and allocate places have an impact on the composition of the schools.
Education and Social Justice
Professor Stephen Gorard and Dr Kay Fuller
School of Education Scholarship
Membership of Research and Professional Organisations
BERA (British Educational Research Association)