Autonomous Schools and Strategic Pupil Exclusion

78 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018

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Stephen J. Machin

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics

Matteo Sandi

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Abstract

This paper studies whether pupil performance gains in autonomous schools in England can be attributed to the strategic exclusion of poorly performing pupils. In England there were two phases of academy school introduction, the first in the 2000s being a school improvement programme for poorly per-forming schools, the second a mass academisation programme from 2010 for better-performing schools. Overall, exclusion rates are higher in academies, with the earlier programme featuring a much higher increase in the exclusion rates. However, rather than a means of test score manipulation, the higher exclusion rate reflects the rigorous discipline enforced by the pre-2010 academies.

Keywords: academies, discipline, exclusion

JEL Classification: I20, I21, I28

Suggested Citation

Machin, Stephen J. and Sandi, Matteo, Autonomous Schools and Strategic Pupil Exclusion. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11478, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3170267

Stephen J. Machin (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Matteo Sandi

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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