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Secondary Education: Coastal Areas

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1358W, on secondary education: coastal areas, if he will consider commissioning research on the effect of high turnover in schools on (a) educational achievement, (b) social cohesion and family breakdown and (c) the effective monitoring of vulnerable children. (244992)

The Department publishes school Contextual Value Added (CVA) scores via the Achievement and Attainment Tables. The models used to derive these scores show that after controlling for a wide range of other factors, moving between schools at non-standard transfer times does affect attainment detrimentally, and the later the move within each Key Stage the greater the impact.

We have no plans to commission research on the effect of high turnover in schools on social cohesion and family breakdown and the effective monitoring of vulnerable children.