Study of low achievement at school says Northern Ireland’s selection policy one of many factors affecting academic success



A study of the academic achievement in Northern Ireland has found that there are a range of factors which influence success at school, including the home environment, economic pressures, and the grammar system.   The research, published yesterday (5 September 2017), was carried out by ten academics from Queens University and Stranmillis University College.

Study of low achievement at school says Northern Ireland’s selection policy one of many factors affecting academic successThe ILiAD (Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation) was commissioned by the NI Executive in 2012 and looked at educational achievement in seven economically- and socially- deprived areas in Northern Ireland over a three-year period.

In terms of government policy the researchers say enhanced school buildings and collaborative community services have a positive effect on academic outcomes, with a grammar school education leading to high performance for those who can access it.  On the other hand, the system of academic selection is listed as one of the factors with a negative effect on the wider school population, alongside the current economic climate, the legacy of conflict and distance between schools and their catchment communities.  The quality and availability of pre-school provision was also identified as an important influence.

You can read the full report on the Executive Office website here.