Closing the regional attainment gap

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Corporate author(s)
All Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility
Sutton Trust
Date of publication
21 February 2019
Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The attainment gap - differences in achievement between children at primary school age from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers from more privileged backgrounds, their education careers and aspirations in life - is not alone social, but also geographical.

The government issued its Social Mobility Plan in 2017, and the attainment gap is narrowing, but The Sutton Trust together with and All Parliamentary Group alerts to steps still necessary on the way to closing the gap completely, and notes the following themes still obvious: 

A sense of place and understanding local circumstances, is necessary, in order to close the attainment gap further, whilst, at the same time, not loosing the big picture out of sight.

Policy change at a national level is necessary, collaboration between local authorities, schools and universities is required, whilst, at a local level, schools need to collaborate and improve strategies for teacher recruitment and retention.

The report, issued by an All Parliamentary Group and commissioned by the Sutton Trust, gives figures proving the existing attainment gap, gives examples of initiatives around the country successfully attempting to overcome the gap, and gives recommendations and steps neccessary to close it further.

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