Institute of Education


Accountability and school differential effects

14 November 2018, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Primary school maths

Inspection systems consider how effective a school is in determined academic subjects, such as maths and English. Yet, schools tend to be inconsistently effective when considering different outcomes.

Event Information

Open to



Sold out


Dr Bernardita Munoz Chereau


Committee Room 1
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Inconsistency is often seen in different cohorts over time, or when teaching specific groups of students (classified for example by ethnicity, previous attainment and socioeconomic status). Some schools are particularly effective for promoting the progress of low-ability students, but not high-ability, or vice versa. Should accountability systems consider the strengths and weaknesses of each school or expect the same standards for all?

Is it enough to say 'this school is effective' or should be added 'when teaching this student group or subjects'? As school effectiveness seem to be a relative rather than an absolute matter, how could this be better reflected in accountability systems? Should these differences be cherished or avoided?

Watch talks from the seminar

Welcome and Introduction

Dr David Godfrey and Dr Bernie Munoz (UCL Institute of Education).

MediaCentral Widget Placeholderhttps://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Player/40625978


Do some schools narrow the gap? Differential school effectiveness revisited

Professor Steve Strand (University of Oxford)

MediaCentral Widget Placeholderhttps://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Player/76825679


Should the Government modify Progress 8 to account for school intake differences in pupil background?

Dr George Leckie (University of Bristol)

MediaCentral Widget Placeholderhttps://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Player/81973620


Programme and resources

10-10:15amArrival, coffee and tea
10:15-10:30amDr David Godfrey and Dr Bernie Munoz UCL Institute of Education (IOE), Centre for Educational Evaluation and Accountability
Welcome and introduction

Professor Steve Strand
University of Oxford
Do some schools narrow the gap? Differential school effectiveness revisited (Paper on Wiley Online Library)

11:30-11:45amCoffee and tea break

Dr George Leckie
University of Bristol
The evolution of school league table measures, differential effectiveness and accountability in England 1992-2018 (Paper on Wiley Online Library)

12:30-1pmQ&A and closing comments