‘Closing the Gap’ report reveals trends in educational attainment

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) report ‘Closing the Gap’ released this week discusses the trends in educational attainment and disadvantage.

‘The Education Policy Institute study suggests the most disadvantaged pupils are more than two years behind their classmates when they sit their GCSEs. These children were those entitled to free school meals for 80% of their time at secondary school.

The Education Secretary has warned of a social mobility emergency.’ - BBC News

‘It will take 50 years to close the attainment gap between England’s most disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier peers at the current rate of progress. The report also evaluated how the gap varies across different regions of the country, concluding that certain areas are significantly lagging behind others in closing the gap. 

David Laws, the former Liberal Democrat minister, who is also the executive chairman of the EPI, said: “The report highlights both the progress which has been made in narrowing gaps over the last decade, and the significant challenges we still face – both due to the magnitude of these learning gaps and the very disappointing lack of progress for the most persistently disadvantaged pupils.“

“Without a marked improvement in the rate at which gaps are being closed, it would take us until almost 2070 before disadvantaged children did not fall behind other students during their time in education.” 

‘Researchers used government statistics for 2016 to examine the average performance of poorer pupils and that of their richer peers. Based on mainstream secondaries alone – excluding special schools – the gap has widened by 0.3 months since 2007, from 23.1 months to 23.4 months.’ – The Independent

Read the full EPI report ‘Closing the Gap’ here

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