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Impact of the Wessex Group - Educational effectiveness

Students do better in Sixth Form Colleges

Students in Sixth Form Colleges are 15% more likely to get a higher grade in each subject than in a school Sixth Form.

Research by Professor Daniel Muijs at Southampton University studied

  1. the effectiveness of the sixth form college model
  2. the relationship between collaboration and competition, and their respective role in furthering effectiveness in the Wessex Group.

The research shows:

  1. Wessex Group Sixth Form Colleges significantly outperformed a matched sample of FE colleges
  2. Wessex Group Sixth Form Colleges significantly outperformed a matched sample of school sixth forms

Students in Wessex group colleges show significantly higher levels of performance than their peers in comparison school sixth forms in most analyses. This is particularly apparent for number of passes at A*-A grades and AS-level passes.

There is some evidence of significant differences between students in Wessex group colleges and students in other sixth form colleges. Where differences are found it is mainly in total points score and AS level passes.

Wessex group membership explains up to a third of college level variance in student outcomes, a practically significant amount that indicates that Wessex group colleges outperform the matched comparison sample of FE colleges.

The differences between the Wessex group sixth form colleges and comparator FE colleges are greater than for any of the other comparisons.

Collaboration within the network is largely seen as a highly positive factor for its members.

The report can be downloaded here.

Colleges of the Wessex Group:

Alton College Logo
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Logo
Cirencester College Logo
The Sixth Form College Farnborough Logo
Havant and South Downs Sixth Form College Logo
The Henley College Logo
Itchen Sixth Form College Logo
Peter Symonds College Logo
Portsmouth College Logo
Queen Mary's College Logo
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College Logo
St Brendan's Sixth Form College Logo
St Vincent College Logo
Salisbury Sixth Form College Logo