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The reliability of free school meal eligibility as a measure of socio-economic disadvantage: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study in Wales

Taylor, Christopher Matthew 2017. The reliability of free school meal eligibility as a measure of socio-economic disadvantage: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study in Wales. British Journal of Educational Studies , pp. 1-23. 10.1080/00071005.2017.1330464

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Abstract

Over the last 20 years, the use of administrative data has become central to understanding pupil attainment and school performance. Of most importance has been its use to robustly demonstrate the impact of socio-economic status (SES) on pupil attainment. Much of this analysis in England and Wales has relied on whether pupils are eligible for free school meals (eFSM). However, very little is known about the validity of this measure as a proxy for SES. Using a recent major birth cohort study, this paper examines the relationship between pupils’ eFSM and their more detailed socio-economic circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Uncontrolled Keywords: free school meals, socio-economic status, educational attainment, Pupil Deprivation Grant, wales, millennium cohort study
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0007-1005
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 8 May 2017
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 11:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100476

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