Research activities

CNESCO

Conseil National d'Évaluation du Système Scolaire. (National Council for the Evaluation of the School System)

Professor Anne West| has been nominated as a member of the Conseil National d' Évaluation du Système Scolaire. (Cnesco) an independent body recently set up by the French Government to evaluate the organisation and outcomes of the French school system. She is one of two foreign members nominated by the French Minister of Education in order to bring an international dimension to the work of Cnesco.

Cnesco |is an independent body set up at the beginning of 2014 by the French Minister of Education.

Its mission is to assess the organisation and outcomes of the French (school-based) education system.  

 Cnesco has three main roles:

• To produce evaluations and syntheses of evaluations, especially from an   international perspective

• To provide methodological expertise in relation to existing evaluations

• To promote a culture of evaluation amongst educational professionals and the general public

Ethnicity and Higher Education

This project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examined whether applicants from particular ethnic groups were more likely to receive conditional offers of a university place than others. The project was directed by Dr Mike Shiner| and carried out in conjunction with Dr Philip Noden|.

Evaluation of the UK Resilience Project (2010)

This evaluation|, funded by the DFE, examined the impact of a programme designed to improve children's psychological resilience through teaching cognitive, behavioural and problem solving skills to promote optimistic thinking and resilience. The project was carried out in collaboration with Amy Challen| and Professor Steve Machin| from the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE|.

Attainment gaps between the most deprived and

advantaged schools (2009)

The Sutton Trust funded this research project| which examined the attainment gap between pupils attending the most and least advantaged schools (as measured by rates of eligibility for free school meals (FSM)). The attainment gaps for pupils eligible for FSM, not eligible for FSM were also examined and also for pupils with high levels of prior attainment. This project was undertaken by Dr Philip Noden| and Professor Anne West|.

Secondary school admissions in England:

Admission Forums, local authorities and schools

(2009)

This project| which was commissioned by the Research and Information on State Education Trust (RISE) with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation examined Admission Forums and their operation in a sample of local authorities.

Secondary school admissions in England:

Policy and practice (2009)

This project| which was commissioned by the Research and Information on State Education Trust (RISE) with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation focused on admissions criteria and practices in England in light of changes to the legislative and regulatory context.

Secondary school admissions in England (2009)

This project|, which examined secondary school admissions in England was carried out in conjunction with the Research and Information on State Education Trust.

The Primary Review (2008)

Philip Noden and Anne West contributed to The Primary Review on the condition and future of primary education in England,| based at the University of Cambridge and supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Evaluation of the Two Year Key Stage 3 Project

(2007)

This research| was funded by the Department for Education and Skills and carried out in conjunction with the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Parents' role in setting up new secondary schools

(2007)

This research| was commissioned by the Research and Information on State Education Trust (RISE), with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The research explored the role of parents in the planning and setting up of new secondary schools prior to the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

Secondary school admissions in London (2006)

This research| was funded by the Greater London Authority. It examined secondary schools' admissions criteria and practices in London for 2005/06, with a particular focus on disadvantaged pupils. It also examined, from the perspective of local authorities, how effectively the Pan London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme functioned during its first year.

Evaluations of Excellence in Cities (2006),

Aimhigher: Excellence Challenge (2006),

Pupil Learning Credits (2005)

These evaluations were funded by the Department for Education and Skills and carried out by a consortium comprising the National Foundation for Educational Research, the Education Research Group, the Centre for Economic Performance and (for some of the evaluations) the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Excellence in Cities|

Aimhigher: Excellence Challenge|

Pupil Learning Credits|

Higher Education Admissions and

Student Mobility in the EU (2001)

This study| was funded by the European Commission and involved the LSE and partners in France, Germany, Greece and Sweden.
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