ASCL NI comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09/07/2021
Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.
 
Commenting on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations, Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, said:

“This EPI report provides a glowing endorsement of educational outcomes in Northern Ireland and will give our schools and colleges a timely shot in the arm, coming amid the disruption caused by the pandemic.
 
“We can feel particularly proud of the demonstrably higher educational performance among children in Northern Ireland from low income families and families with low education levels, as well as the positive comparisons drawn with London, which is widely celebrated as an education success story.

“As the report focuses almost entirely on outcomes for our younger pupils between the ages of 3 and 11 we can rest assured that our primary schools are doing a fantastic job, however education leaders across all settings will not be complacent.
 
“The EPI report provides food for thought but what is clear is that there is no one right way or wrong way of running an education system and that outcomes for our children and young people are determined by a multiplicity of factors. 
 
“The key goal must be to focus relentlessly on improving outcomes for disadvantaged young people because this improves their life chances and produces the greatest social and economic benefits. This is what ‘levelling up’ needs to mean and there is great merit at looking at what works well in the different UK nations to see what we can learn from one another.