EEF Attainment Gap Report – Published Today

24 January 2018

The EEF’s Attainment Gap Report has been published today. The report provides an analysis of the state of the attainment gap, including new data projects of how the gap is likely to change over the next five years.

It shows that:

  • There will be little or no headway in closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates in the next five years, but there is still an opportunity for schools to make a difference.
  • While improvements in primary schools over the past few years means that the gap between the proportion of disadvantaged pupils with at least a good pass in English and maths and all other pupils is set to reduce, there will be little change for the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 gaps.
  • The attainment gap is not just problem for schools assessed by Ofsted as under-performing. While GCSE grades for all pupils are higher in schools with Ofsted ratings of ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ than in those rated ‘Requires improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’, the size of the Attainment 8 gap is consistent across all four types of schools.

The report notes that, as this forecast is based on Key Stage 2 results, there is still an opportunity for secondary schools to make a difference. It contains 15 key lessons from the first six years of the EEF on closing the attainment gap.

If you want to dig deeper into the findings and recommendation, please find it on the EEF’s website here.

Posted on 24 January 2018
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