WISERD Education Data Lab launches blog series

The newly established WISERD Education Data Lab has launched a series of blog posts to share its latest analysis with a wider audience. The lab aims to generate high quality research-based evidence using education administrative data to support the Wales education sector.

In order to undertake this work, the WISERD Education Data Lab is using administrative data from the Welsh Government on pupil characteristics, performance and attendance/absence, as well as school-level characteristics, and demographic and geographic data.

The analysis of this data will allow WISERD researchers to share evidence about topics such as the identification and characteristics of More Able and Talented (MAT) pupils, the impact of GCSE early entry on pupil level outcomes and school-level measures of performance, school attendance and the patterns and predictors of school exclusions in Wales over time (both between and within academic years), by locality, and by school and school type.

Professor Chris Taylor, Director of the WISERD Education Data Lab said: “This series of blog posts enables our researchers to share our findings with a wide audience of teachers, education leaders and policy makers and helps us to inform national debate on some of the most contemporary and pressing educational issues facing Wales. We want our research to address educational issues that are of relevance to all stakeholders in the educational sector. Sharing our findings in this way helps us to open up a dialogue which will inform how our work develops.

The WISERD Education Data Lab is funded by Welsh Government, Economic and Social Research Council (award: ES/012435/1) and Cardiff University.

Blog posts:

An introduction to the WISERD Education Data Lab

Early GCSE entry: patterns over time

Early GCSE entry: multiple entry

Patterns of school non-attendance over the educational lifecourse

COVID-19 and the uncertainty for new Welsh undergraduates

A level results day 2020

GCSE results day 2020

Well-being of school children in Wales: bullying

Well-being of school children in Wales: European comparisons