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Evaluation of Schools Challenge Cymru

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  • Release date: 29 September 2017
The evaluation considers the implementation of Schools Challenge Cymru (SCC) in Pathways to Success schools (PtS) as well as the outcomes of the programme.

Technical report on the quantitative analysis of pupil-level data in Pathways to Success schools

Release date: 29 September 2017

This report provides more detail on the specific methods that underpinned the analysis of the National Pupil Database in the outcome evaluation report. It provides technical detail on the:

  • descriptive overview of the four years of data prior to the introduction of SCC in 2014 and comparing this to data when SCC was underway (i.e. 2014/2015 and 2015/2016).
  • hierarchical (multilevel) modelling to analyse the principal factors shaping performance.
  • forecasting model (using econometric techniques) which was used to predict how Pathways to Success schools might have performed without the SCC intervention.
The report does not include any new or additional findings.

‘You and Your School’ survey: Results from Pathways to Success Schools

Release date: 29 September 2017

This report provides more detailed findings on the survey of pupils conducted in Pathways to Success (PtS) Schools. The survey complemented the other strands of the Schools Challenge Cymru evaluation by obtaining information on how pupils in the PtS schools perceived their learning environment and experiences.  The outcomes report drew on the key findings from the survey and this report provides a more detailed analysis by year group, gender and PtS School Group.

Assessing the contribution of Schools Challenge Cymru to outcomes achieved by Pathways to Success schools

Release date: 24 July 2017

This second report is based on fieldwork undertaken in Pathways to Success schools in 2016 and builds on research undertaken in the first year.

The evaluation assesses the extent to which the support made available to PtS schools has been successful in supporting an improvement in performance. The evaluation uses Contribution Analysis, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative evidence to assess the outputs and outcomes associated with programme related activity.

The evidence used is based on in-depth interviews with Challenge Advisers, staff in Local Authorities and Regional Consortia, the senior leadership teams and staff of all 39 PtS schools, their cluster primary schools and secondary partner schools. It also includes analysis of performance data and surveys conducted with pupils.

Implementation in Pathways to Success Schools

Release date: 20 July 2016

This first report is based on fieldwork undertaken in the PtS schools from May to July 2015. Where appropriate, reference is also made to and insights from exploratory pilot surveys conducted with pupils.


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