Closing the Gap? Trends in Educational Attainment and Disadvantage

The Education Policy Institute is an independent, impartial and evidence-based research institute which aims to promote high quality education outcomes, regardless of social background.
This report considers the attainment gaps between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers, as well as looking at gaps associated with other pupil characteristics.
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.