5. What independent evidence is there to prove Bridge community schools are delivering good educational results?
There is an increasing body of independent evidence which demonstrates the high performance and learning gains of children in our schools – and, importantly, that the longer children are at our schools, the better their academic performance. Over six consecutive years (2015–2020) our pupils have outperformed the national average in the Kenya end of primary school exam (KCPE). In 2019, our pupils scored an average of 16 points higher than pupils nationally. This is the equivalent of 0.25 standard deviations or an extra year of learning. Read more about our five years of results here.
In 2020, for the sixth year in succession, Bridge Kenya pupils outperformed the national average. Our pupils sitting the (KCPE) scored an average of 21 points higher than pupils nationally, the highest in Bridge Kenya history. This is the equivalent of 0.51 standard deviations, or more than two years of additional learning.
In Uganda, the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) is an independent government exam that enables our pupils to be compared with those in neighbouring schools and in schools across Uganda. For three consecutive years now (2017-2019) our pupils have outperformed the national average. In 2019, 80% of pupils who had been at Bridge for five or more years achieved marks in the highest two divisions; compared to only 57% nationally. 74% of Bridge schools had a 100% pass rate.
In Nigeria, the UK Department for International Development released the ‘Learning in Lagos‘ report in October 2018. The report findings show all types of children reach high attainment in a Bridge community school. This contradicts decades of global education research trends that demonstrate family background matters more than the school a child attends, in relation to levels of learning. The finding of equity in learning at Bridge Lagos is ground-breaking. In addition, Bridge pupils in Lagos sat the Nigerian national common entrance exam in 2019 and 2020 and excelled, achieving some of the best marks in the country and gaining admission to some of Nigeria’s top secondary or unity schools.
Through The Learning Collaborative, Bridge community school programmes partner with a wide range of leading academics and institutions to pilot and assess innovative pedagogical approaches at scale adding to the pool of evidence as to how children learn.