Closing the Attainment Gap

To begin to tackle the challenge of the attainment gap requires us first to understand it – both the scale and nature of the gap, as well as the factors most likely to help close it.

The EEF has published a report - The Attainment Gap - which assesses the gap through the lens, first, of children and young people; and secondly, of schools, as well as early years and post-16 settings. It highlights what we believe to be the key issues, and how our analysis of them informs our practical work with teachers and senior leaders.


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We then summarise 15 of the key lessons the EEF has learned from our six years funding work to generate evidence of ‘what works’ to improve teaching and learning; and then scaling that evidence to create the maximum possible benefit for children and young people, particularly those facing disadvantage.

  1. Updated: 22nd January, 2018

    Attainment Gap Report - Interactive

  2. Updated: 23rd January, 2018

    Attainment Gap Report - Printable

  3. Updated: 25th April, 2018

    Key lessons learned in the EEF's first six years