• Coronavirus: Attainment gap could widen by 75%, DfE official warns

    The attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their better-off peers could widen by as much as 75 per cent because of the coronavirus outbreak, a senior Department for Education official has warned. Vicki Stewart, the deputy director of the DfE’s pupil premium and school food division, told a Westminster Education Forum event on Wednesday that

    7.00 May. 16th, 2020 | News

  • EEF predicts 'little or no headway' in closing attainment gap by 2021

    Schools are expected to make “little or no headway” in closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off classmates over the next few years, the Education Endowment Fund has warned. Based on last year’s key stage 2 results, the charity predicts that the gap between the Attainment 8 scores of the poorest pupils

    0.01 Jan. 24th, 2018 | News

  • We know how to close the attainment gap - but government and schools must commit to it

    The answer to closing the attainment gap begins at home, and in helping poverty-stricken parents as much as their children, says Jaine Stannard A report came out last week from the the Education Policy Institute, saying that the educational gap between richest and poorest ‘will take 50 years to close’.  With over four million children in the UK

    15.30 Aug. 9th, 2017 | Opinion

  • 50 years before we have an equitable school system

    We’re making slow progress in closing the attainment gap, claims the Education Policy Institute’s Jo Hutchinson, because the picture is far more complex than you’d think The gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has been entrenched in our education system for generations. These gaps become evident in the early years and grow

    11.30 Aug. 8th, 2017 | Opinion