Families of Schools Database

Understanding how to use the Families of Schools database

The Families of Schools database provides a wealth of new information to help schools learn from each other and identify how the performance of your pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, compares with other schools with similar pupil characteristics, in similar contexts.

Closing the national attainment gap in stages

The national attainment gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils using the 5A*-CEM measure is 28%. The immediate challenge of closing this can sometimes appear unattainable. The approach adopted in the Families of Schools database is to break down the national gap into smaller attainment gaps between similar schools in similar contexts. Each incremental attainment gap, such as the Family Average gap, offers a benchmark on the way to closing the national attainment gap.