EDUCATION POLICY INSTITUTE: ANNUAL REPORT ON THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN ENGLAND
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published its Annual Report on the state of education in England – including the progress made in closing the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
The Education in England: Annual Report 2018 considers how the disadvantage gap has changed since 2011 and how it varies across the country.
The report also looks at how pupils from different backgrounds perform, and, for the first time, looks at the post-16 routes taken by disadvantaged students and their peers. The underlying causes of educational disadvantage are also examined – with several policy recommendations proposed.
Some of the key findings are :
- Pupil attainmaent is rising but disadvantaged children are still behind at every stage
- On current trends, it will take over 100 years to close the gap in English and maths.
- Overall, there is little change in the gap in school attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
- On the best measure of the disadvantaged gap at the end of secondary education (the English Language and Maths gap), there has been a significant slowdown in the rate of gap closure over the last few years – threatening the ambition of significantly greater social mobility.
- For the most persistently disadvantaged pupils, there has been no closure at all in the (English and Maths), disadvantaged gap since 2011.
- At secondary level, the disadvantage gap across all GCSE subjects closed faster than in previous years.
- However the apparent narrowing of the disadvantage gap is caused largely by more disadvantaged pupils entering more ‘academic’ subjects.
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