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Faith Primary Schools: Better Schools or Better Pupils?

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  • Steve Gibbons
  • Olmo Silva

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We provide estimates of the effect of attending a Faith school on educational attainment progress during the Primary education phase in England. We argue that there are no credible instruments for Faith school attendance. Instead, we control for selection on religious schooling by tracking pupils over time and comparing attainments of students who exhibit different levels of commitment to religious education through their choice of Secondary school and residence. Our findings suggest that, once family preferences and selection into religious education are controlled for, Faith schools have only a very small effect on pupil educational progression in Primary school, this effect being between zero and under one-percentile on test scores at age 11, conditional on scores at age 7.

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  • Steve Gibbons & Olmo Silva, 2006. "Faith Primary Schools: Better Schools or Better Pupils?," CEE Discussion Papers 0072, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
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    Keywords

    Education; religion; faith schools; educational attainment;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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