Rurality, socio‐economic disadvantage and educational mobility: a Scottish case study

Borbely, D., Gehrsitz, M., McIntyre, S., Rossi, G. and Roy, G. (2023) Rurality, socio‐economic disadvantage and educational mobility: a Scottish case study. British Educational Research Journal, (doi: 10.1002/berj.3917) (Early Online Publication)

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Rurality is known to be associated with a number of weaker educational outcomes, from lower attainment through to lower social mobility. This is why so much policy and practitioner focus has been directed at addressing the rurality gap in educational outcomes. In this paper, we use pupil-level data for Scotland to contribute to two dimensions of this problem. First, we explore the relationship between socio-economic deprivation and educational mobility across urban and rural primary schools in Scotland. This provides new insights on the issue of rural disadvantage. Second, we use our dataset to explore the socio-economic makeup of urban and rural schools in Scotland, documenting that schools located in the highest and lowest SIMD areas are more homogeneous than those in the middle. This is important for the classification of schools in targeting educational interventions to improve social mobility.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This project draws on work funded through the Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF project.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Professor Graeme
Authors: Borbely, D., Gehrsitz, M., McIntyre, S., Rossi, G., and Roy, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
Journal Name:British Educational Research Journal
ISSN (Online):1469-3518
Published Online:25 September 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in British Educational Research Journal 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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