The attainment gap between poorer pupils and their more affluent counterparts could widen after it stopped closing for the first time in a decade, according to a new study.
The Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) findings have highlighted major issues within education for more vulnerable and deprived students.
The report is likely to cause alarm given the halt in progress occurred before the coronavirus pandemic had hit the education system.
Researchers found that disadvantaged pupils in England are 18.1 months of learning behind their peers by the time they finish their GCSE’s – the same gap as five years ago. It also found that the gap at primary school increased for the first time since 2007.
And for the most persistently disadvantaged students, the attainment gap had actually widened in every year but one since 2014.
The report concluded that the findings provide “concerning evidence that progress in narrowing educational inequalities