What if... we really want to close the attainment gap ‘post-Covid’? | IOE Debates
The gap in levels of attainment between pupils from disadvantaged and more advantaged backgrounds is a longstanding feature of England’s schools system. It’s been a focus for successive governments, from New Labour’s efforts to ‘narrow’ the gap, and subsequent Coalition and Conservative governments’ objective to ‘close’ it.
According to DfE data, some (modest) progress had been made, but even before the arrival of Covid-19 that had stalled. Various provisions have been put in place to aid ‘catch up’, but it's increasingly clear that far more will be needed than is currently budgeted for.
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