The FEA Report Card 2016/17
Impact goal 1
The gap in primary literacy and numeracy between those at schools serving high and low-income communities has narrowed by 0.2 months in the last year, from 8.4 months to 8.2 months. It has narrowed by 0.6 months since 2014 results in the last report card, and by 1.1 months since 2012.
IMPACT GOAL 2
The gap in GCSE attainment is measured using the average grade in full GCSE qualifications. The gap between those at schools serving low-income communities and those at schools serving high-income communities has narrowed by 0.3 months in the last year, from 13.1 months to 12.8 months. It has narrowed by 1.0 month since 2014 results in the last report card, and by 1.8 months since 2012.
IMPACT GOAL 3
This year, children from low-income families continue to be over four times as likely as other children to be permanently excluded from school; they are also three times as likely to receive one or more temporary ‘fixed period exclusions’. While the size of this gap is very similar to last year, the rate of exclusions overall has risen in 2014/15, resulting in an extra 300 children from low-income families permanently excluded, and an additional 9000 fixed period exclusions handed to these children, compared with the previous year.
IMPACT GOAL 4
In 2014/15, the gap between those from schools serving low and high-income communities remaining in education after their GCSEs has narrowed by one percentage point since 2012/13, and now stands at 7 percentage points. The gap in broader ‘positive destinations’ including work-based training has also narrowed by one percentage point since the last report card, to 6 percentage points in 2014/15.
IMPACT GOAL 5
In 2016, the gap in university entry between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers increased fractionally; this was the first increase in the gap since 2010. Children from more affluent backgrounds are currently just over twice as likely to enter university as those from low-income families; this has reduced from almost three times as likely in 2006.