Data: Free Schools and disadvantaged children

SchoolDuggery has published some data on free school meals:

“We estimate that fewer than 400 children entitled to free school meals (FSM) are attending the first wave of free schools, according to data supplied under a Freedom of Information Act request by 23* of the 24 schools. The data shows that in these 23 schools just 9.4% of the 3811 children on roll were registered for free school meals in October 2011. Nationally, 16.7% of children are entitled to claim free school meals because their household income is below £16,000. ”

“*One school did not respond the FOI request within the statutory timescale: Kings Science Academy. We will update the data when they provide it.”

The tables are embedded on the blog post but can be easily pulled into a spreadsheet using the =importHTML formula. Here’s one we prepared earlier…

Lots of analysis over at the excellent SchoolDuggery, and some interesting and valuable comments too.

About Paul Bradshaw

Founder of Help Me Investigate. I'm a visiting professor at City University London's School of Journalism, and run an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. I publish the Online Journalism Blog, and am the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Magazine Editing (3rd edition). I have a particular interest in Freedom of Information and data journalism.
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