Ellen Greaves

Ellen Greaves

Research Associate

Education:

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2012

BSc Economics and Mathematics (1st Class), University of Bristol, 2007

Ellen joined the IFS in 2009 as a Research Economist in the Education, Employment and Evaluation sector. Ellen's research focuses on pupil well-being and attainment, including the impact of a pupil's month of birth and parents' marital status on these outcomes. She has also contributed to a number of large-scale policy evaluations, including the impact of the provision of universal free school meals and an early intervention literacy programme, and is currently leading the evaluation of the Achieve Together pilot. Related to schools and teachers, Ellen has investigated whether parents' preferences for primary schools mean that school choice and competition can help improve academic standards in schools, and is currently leading research into the costs and benefits of different initial teacher training routes.

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Breakfast clubs work their magic in disadvantaged English schools

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New IFS research finds that providing school breakfasts free to all children in disadvantaged English primary schools helps pupils to make two months’ additional progress over the course of a year. These gains seem to be driven by better behaviour and concentration in the classroom, meaning that even students who don’t eat breakfast at school can benefit from the improved learning environment. These benefits come at a low cost relative to other programmes with a similar impact on attainment.

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