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Peers and achievement in England's secondary schools

Gibbons, Stephen and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2008) Peers and achievement in England's secondary schools. SERC Discussion paper (SERCDP0001). Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.

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The belief that children thrive if educated amongst higher-achieving schoolmates guides many parents in their choice of school. We extend the literature on this issue by considering children making the transition from primary to secondary schooling at age-11 in England. We use year-to-year changes in school composition to identify the impact of schoolmates on pupil progress at age 14. Traditional "linear-in-means" specifications lead us to conclude that prior achievements of a child's schoolmates are, on average, unrelated to his/her academic progress. However, this masks evidence that lower achieving pupils are disadvantaged by higher achieving schoolmates, whereas upper-middle ranking pupils benefit.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2008 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: University Structure > Language Centre
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 11:46
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 00:05

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