Research and analysis

A study of the impact of school federation on student outcomes

Find out what impact federations have on outcomes for pupils.

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A study of the impact of school federation on student outcomes

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The report explores how different types of federations impact on outcomes for pupils.

It identifies several types of federations:

  • Cross-phase federations: 2 or more schools of different phases
  • Performance federations: 2 or more schools, some low performing and others high performing
  • Size federations: 2 or more very small or small schools, or a small school and a medium-sized school
  • Mainstreaming federations:1 or more special schools combined with 1 or more mainstream schools
  • Faith federations: 2 or more schools of the same denomination
  • Academy federations: 2 or more academies run by the same sponsor within a federation or chain

Evidence from the case studies suggests performance federations have the strongest impact on outcomes for pupils. However, there is a time lag of between 2 and 4 years between forming the federation and seeing an impact.