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Excellence in Cities (EiC) targets major urban areas in England, with the broad aims of regenerating schools in deprived settings by raising educational standards, promoting educational partnerships, and sharing and disseminating good practice.
The evaluation had three main research objectives, which can be summarised as assessing the impact of EiC on: pupils in terms of improved achievement and inclusion; schools in terms of improvements to teaching and learning, etc.; and LEAs and Partnerships, with greater collaboration and partnership working.
The evaluation drew on national data relating to the attainments of all pupils completing Year 9 and Year 11 in each year from 1999 to 2003. From 2001, detailed pupil level information was also available. The Database of Teacher Records was used to examine the characteristics of teachers in EiC and non- EiC areas.