Can we judge the performance of schools?

G39, School of Education
Research, Social Sciences, Students
Friday 4th November 2011 (13:00-14:00)
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Professor Stephen Gorard, Tel: + 44 (0) 121 414 4828 Email:

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