Value for money: schools’ teaching workforce (III)

21 December 2016

Reform recently published two blogs introducing experimental research undertaken aiming to create a new way of comparing schools’ performance across measures of economy, efficiency and effectiveness. The first blog focused on the importance of exploring these three areas of performance, it highlighted the rationale for chosen indicators and explained why school type comparisons were made. The second blog explored how so-called ‘clusters’ of similar schools were created to try to enable fair comparisons. It also described the limitations of the method and the reasons why the school clusters might not allow us to truly compare like-for-like schools.

This blog will focus primarily on schools’ teaching workforce. It will look at how schools perform across three indicators, described in the first blog of this series as Economy 1, Economy 3 and Efficiency 1 – that is, spending per teacher, spending on training and development and pupil-teacher ratios.

Read the full blog by clicking on ‘View story’ in the image below.

Eleonora Harwich and Emilie Sundorph, Researchers, Reform

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