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No magic bullet in London schools' success. Just years of steady improvements in quality

| IFS Press Releases

Less than a quarter of children on free school meals in inner London obtained five or more A*–C grades at GCSE or their equivalent (including English and Maths) in 2002. In 2013, this had risen to almost half (48%). Gains were much smaller among disadvantaged children outside London (17%) to (26%). New work by researchers associated with the Centre for Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) concludes that the improved performance largely reflects gradual improvements in school quality over time. Improvements in primary schools played a major role in explaining later improvements in secondary schools.

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The UK coalition government’s record, and challenges for the future

| Observations

This Observation comes from an article published in a special edition of Fiscal Studies, based on IFS analysis for the 2015 general election.

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IFS public finance bulletin: August 2015

| Public Finance Press Releases

Today the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury published Public Sector Finances July 2015. We now have details of central government receipts, central government spending, public sector net investment, borrowing and debt for the first four months of financial year 2015–16.

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