Just ENOUGH about bloody free schools (and academies) already
1. Type of school has no or minimal effect on pupil attainment.
2.Value-added doesn’t discriminate very well between schools, given the errors you pile up it might be even worse than this chart suggests.
3.The biggest effect on pupil attainment is social class.
(And let me tell you that an R squared of .66 is pretty damned high.)
4.If you really want to improve attainment, decrease class sizes in primary schools.
I now return you to your regular programme of random links and occasional jokes.