We have now produced more than 60 of these reports for schools all across England and Wales!
"It is not an over exaggeration to suggest [this report] was the most critical tool that helped the leadership team and the governors prepare for the inspection, and in particular the 90 min phone call. When 45 minutes of that phone call was spent on telling the lead inspector where these kids come from and what we do to take them out of that on daily basis and give them the tools to get them out of it completely when they grow up - you know you are on to something." Martin Lumb, Headteacher, Hunslet Carr Primary school.
"I can wholeheartedly recommend commissioning Ian to produce a demography report for any school. We are about to rewrite our long-term vision and Ian's work has revealed deep insights into the range of social contexts, living conditions, deprivation factors, academic qualifications, health and ethnicity factors influencing the lives of our children and families. Particularly interesting has been his work focussed on each cohort and their contrasting socio-economic circumstances. The quality of research, government data and the blend of maps, tables and text alongside hypotheses and key questions makes the document both readable and challenging." Nicholas Sykes, Headteacher, Chapel Allerton Primary school.
"We would thoroughly recommend commissioning 'The Beyond The School Gates' report, to any school or college that is keen to undertake an objective review of the pupil cohort and the community that the school serves. The evidence that is surfaced, analysed, and further broken down and clearly presented, has enabled us to identify some key factors and develop bespoke interventions. For those who enjoy objective data and use it to inform their practice, this report really is something to savour. It will inform our school development plans, bids, and all sorts, in the short to medium term." Darren Gidman, Headteacher, St John Bosco Arts College.
These reports are individually commissioned, researched and produced, with the aim of providing school leaders, stakeholders and external audiences with a detailed demographic and contextual profile of their school. There is very little that schools can do to solve the inequalities that exist in wider society and they should not be held responsible for the different educational outcomes that these inequalities produce. However, armed with detailed information about the specific challenges their pupils face, they can focus their resources and support as effectively as possible to improve children’s life chances. The report combines current data relating to children attending the school with the most up to date local and national demographic data available, in order to provide insight into a range of issues which might affect the outcomes of children. It draws attention to the groups and cohorts which may be most affected by these issues, and throughout the document, key questions which the school may need to consider are highlighted.
Here are some example pages from the report produced for Chris Dyson, headteacher at Parklands Primary:
The history and background of your school is individually researched and summarised.
We research and describe the area in which your school is located.
We map where your pupils live, at a whole school level, and for each individual cohort. These analyses can highlight changing patterns in your pupil intake.
We produce detailed deprivation analyses, combining current pupil data with government measures of deprivation such as IMD and IDACI.
We provide detailed analyses of the small areas (LSOAs) in which your pupils live, highlighting the specific levels of deprivation in each of these areas.
We focus on the 'key' LSOAs where most of your pupils live and provide important demographic information
For each key LSOA, we summarise information relating to population change, ethnicity profile, economic activity, socioeconomic classifications, adult qualifications, housing etc.
We summarise the most recent information about the take-up of benefits in your key LSOAs. This informationcan provide a stark illustration of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on your local community.
We analyse and describe the patterns of inward and outward mobility within your school.
We identify those children who have specific needs and who may be particularly vulnerable,
e.g. those who are FSM eligible, have SEND, or English as an additional language
The cost of this report for primary schools is £995.