Religious background is more important than a faith school education for academic success

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The academic advantages associated with a faith school education are short lived, and are mainly explained by home background, new research from UCL Institute of Education (IOE) shows.

IOE researchers analysed data on more than 10,000 people born in England and Wales in a single week in 1970, who are taking part in the 1970 British Cohort Study.

The research looked at whether faith schools, across both the state and private sectors, gave an academic advantage to their pupils at O level, A level, and at university. After taking into account childhood cognitive scores, social…

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