Intute: Education research round-up

In the 2nd part of this weeks feature rounding up some the latest publications in the field of education, here are a few more items relating to educational research.

Are ability groups the right way to go about raising educational attainment? New research from the University of Sussex questions whether it does and asserts that setting and streaming may occur on the basis of factors other than ability.

Academics at Staffordshire University have cast doubts on the effectiveness of the Government policy of encouraging schools to become subject specialists. An extra £500 per pupil raises the proportion of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades by only 1.5 percentage points.

Glare from classroom lighting and a number of other environmental design factors are making it harder for pupils to concentrate and potentially contributing to headaches and other health problems, according to new research from Cambridge and Essex.

The Institute of Education Sciences in the United States has released the latest data comparing the G8 countries and their education systems across a number of factors, including school enrolment, academic performance and educational returns.

The National Center for Education Statistics in the USA has issued a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from kindergarten through graduate school. The statistical highlights are excerpts from the Digest of Education of Statistics, 2006.

A new report published by Child Poverty Action Group Chicken and Egg: Child Poverty and Educational Inequality shows that children in poverty fall further behind their peers at every stage of schooling.

The Office for National Statistics has claimed that productivity in UK education has been largely flat with a rise of just 0.1% per year in the last decade, in the latest part of its Measuring Quality as Part of Public Service Output strategy.

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