Sandra McNally

Making a difference in education: What the evidence says

Robert Cassen, Sandra McNally and Anna Vignoles write that, as regards reducing the social gap, there is evidence that points to good potential in redirecting educational spending. They also argue for introducing fewer policy initiatives into the education system without proper evaluation.

A new Conservative government has taken office in the UK since our book, Making a Difference in Education, came out. We […]

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    Schools: the evidence on academies, resources and pupil performance

Schools: the evidence on academies, resources and pupil performance

School academies really ought to be a big election issue, writes Sandra McNally, because the Academies Programme represents the largest shake-up in the education system for many years.

The UK continues to perform at about the OECD average in international rankings of pupil achievement with an unchanged performance over the last 10 years. The most high profile international test is […]

Does school spending matter? Early years investment may offer higher returns – but the returns erode unless topped up during later phases of childhood

Would increasing the share of Britain’s national income devoted to education make much of a difference? And what is the ideal balance of spending between early years, primary and secondary education? Steve Gibbons and Sandra McNally review the research evidence on the causal effects of school resources on pupil outcomes. Britain is well above the average among OECD countries in terms of the share of national income spent on primary […]

The latest global education rankings: If the UK is to improve its performance, it needs to do more to facilitate the improvement of students at the bottom end of the distribution

The UK’s performance in international education rankings continues to be mediocre. Sandra McNally outlines what can be done – and notes that if things don’t improve, future economic growth is at stake. The latest international survey of the educational performance of teenagers (PISA) shows that the UK is still performing at the OECD average. Although there are some problems with […]

December 4th, 2013|Sandra McNally|1 Comment|

Education in Scotland: Performance in a devolved policy area

As the people of Scotland consider their vote in next year’s referendum, what evidence is there that the nation can succeed ‘on its own’? Gill Wyness, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally explore how Scotland compares with the rest of the UK in education, an area of public policy that is already highly devolved.  When considering whether or not Scotland should […]

There are large gaps in the knowledge about the costs and benefits of higher education amongst students

Applications for university places have fallen largely due to a trebling of university fees and students’ lack of knowledge of how fees will be paid. Sandra McNally, Martin McGuigan and Gill Wyness show that supplying year 10 students with accessible information can reverse the fears of those who believe that university is simply too expensive. Applications for university places are down […]

The growing proportion of non-native English speakers in the classroom is not damaging for the educational outcomes of native English speakers

The number of primary school pupils in England who do not speak English as a first language has been growing in recent years. Sandra McNally examines whether this is damaging the educational outcomes of native English speakers, concluding that this should not in fact be a cause for concern. The number of non-native speakers of English in primary schools in England has […]

LSE Centre for Economic Performance: Evaluating Education Policies: The Evidence from Economic Research

A new series of Election Analyses is now available from the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). The series will discuss the research evidence on some of the key policy battlegrounds of the 2010 General Election, including macroeconomic policy, […]