The education system in England is widely referred to as a market and has been set up in part to function as one. But for a market to work, the main decision‐making agents have to respond appropriately to the market incentives, and these have to be leading in the right direction. This research analyses whether this is the case in the schools market in England.
It examines the growth of schools in England, and in particular the growth of high performing schools. The question is whether there appears to be a failure of the market in education. A well‐functioning system should copy market incentives for high‐performing and popular schools to expand.