The Education Policy Institute 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.
The research is based on the latest available data from the Department for Education, with ‘disadvantaged’ referring to those entitled to free school meals.