Can we judge the performance of schools?

Locations
Muirhead Tower
Category
Research, Social Sciences
Date(s)
Wednesday 2nd November 2011 (17:00-18:00)
Contact

Professor Stephen Gorard, Tel: + 44 (0) 121 414 4828 Email: s.gorard@bham.ac.uk

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Description
Festival of Social Science

2nd and 4th November 2011

Families regularly face choices of public services like schools, and information is provided to assist them by local councils and others bodies. Local politicians, school leaders and practitioners regularly also face making real-life and important judgements about school performances, particularly in terms of downturns in funding, falling pupil rolls, and the regular emergence of new types of schools. But are these judgements really evidence-informed? Do families and others have the simple knowledge and techniques needed to make evidence-informed judgements? This brief presentation and forum will help make the answer to these and related questions ‘Yes’.

Organised by: University of Birmingham, with Birmingham City Council

Cost: is free