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Education gap to persist to 2155?

Education gap to persist to 2155?

Raising the academic attainment of poorer pupils has been an explicit aim of the last four British governments. Over the last 20 years a range of policies, from sponsored academies to the Pupil Premium, have been introduced to this end.

To date, a degree of success can be claimed: the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is in the process of narrowing. This week, in a major speech on social mobility, Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out his plans to ensure that this progress was maintained.

Yet while the direction of travel has been broadly positive over the past two decades, the Education Policy Institute’s latest Annual Report finds that progress has significantly slowed in the last few years.

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