Understanding Differential Educational Outcomes in Northern Ireland

Description: This 3 year study explores differential achievement rates amongst pupils in 7 ward areas of Northern Ireland. The areas have been selected to represent a range of demographic profiles and both characteristic and anomalous patterns of achievement. The first stage of the project involves geo-social profiling and mapping the wards in respect of educational and youth provision. This will be followed by qualitative and quantitative data collection in each of the ward areas involving pupils, parents, and a range of other educational and community stakeholders. The aim of the analysis is to explore the range of factors that can influence educational outcomes for pupils in disadvantaged areas. 

Research Team: Ruth Leitch (PI), Joanne Hughes, Cathal McManus, Ian Shuttleworth, Michael Ivers, Robin McRoberts and Stephanie Burns (RA).

Funder: OFMDFM (£292,563)

Duration: 2011-2015