Investigating the effects of class composition and class size on pupils’ attainment in Scottish primary schools

This research studies the effects of composite classes. In Scotland these classes comprise of primary school pupils from adjacent years. In the case of primary one pupils (P1 pupils) those just starting school may be taught alongside primary two pupils (P2 pupils). Pupils in primary two meanwhile, may be taught alongside pupils who are in their first year of school or their third year (P1 or P3),and so forth for other years, right up to primary seven. In this research project, they study whether exposure to younger or older peers by way of composite classes affects educational outcomes.

Exploring illegal drug consignments in Scotland

Project Overview

In recent years, the development of new technologies and particularly the internet, have facilitated the trading of drugs, prompting the move of some illegal markets from physical into online spaces. 

Unlike a traditional drug transaction where the vendor usually delivers in person, the delivery of drugs purchased online remains deeply tied to postal distribution networks. 

Postal deliveries of drugs in Scotland

Our ‘Data Insights’ briefings share snapshots of findings from research being conducted across the centre. This week, Research Fellow, Ben Matthews shares findings from his work on the increase of illegal drugs being delivered by the postal service.

Linking two administrative data sets about looked after children

This week, Jade Hooper, Linda Cusworth and Helen Whincup share findings from their work on ‘Permanently Progressing’, one strand of which involved an innovative data linkage of The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and Children Looked After Statistics (CLAS) data (Hooper et al, 2019).

What they found