About this research
How was the research carried out?
The research involved a mixed methods approach including a literature review, quantitative evidence (e.g. analysis of attainment data) and qualitative evidence (e.g. case studies and stakeholder interviews).
What are the strengths of the research methodology?
Mixed methods designs combine qualitative and quantitative research methods. These designs aim to use the strengths of different methods and to triangulate findings to produce more balanced results and a deeper understanding of the issues.
What is the context for this research?
Following the success of the London Challenge model, the City Challenge expanded the intervention to include Manchester and the Black Country. As the evaluation focuses on an English intervention, the findings may need to be contextualised for application in Scotland as the education systems and policy context are different.
The following questions may provide a stimulus for discussion:
- In your setting, how well do you understand the links between socio-economic disadvantage and educational outcomes?
- How could your setting improve outcomes for learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds?
- How could you collaborate with partners, including other schools, to respond to the particular needs of learners from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in your area?
About the author(s)
This evaluation was commissioned by the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (now Department for Education) and led by the Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University. The report was written by Merryn Hutchings, Charley Greenwood, Sumi Hollingworth, Ayo Mansaray, Anthea Rose, Sarah Minty and Katie Glass.
Ofsted (2010). London Challenge. Manchester: Ofsted.
This research was not commissioned by Education Scotland and the findings, recommendations and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of Education Scotland.
Hutchings, M,. Greenwood, C,. Hollingworth, S,. Mansaray, A,. Rose, A,. Minty, S. and Glass, K. (2012). Evaluation of the City Challenge programme. London: Department for Education.
Link(s) to full research article
Evaluation of the City Challenge programme