Since 2010, schools have seen significant policy change, including the exponential expansion of academies, the promotion of multi-academy trusts, a new national curriculum, the introduction of the Pupil Premium, significant changes to the accountability system, and a return to the debate on grammar schools. Schools have significantly increased autonomy, and a combination of new monitoring tools provide an expanded wealth of data to assess pupils’ progress. The Sutton Trust aims to provide robust analysis of the evolving regulatory and funding environment for schools, driving a continued focus on social mobility within the sector.

Research in this section addresses a range of topics to do with schools, including funding, admissions, changes in accountability measures, and attainment. Much of the work in this section overlaps with targeted research in categories like admissions, academies, and teaching.