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Disadvantaged primary pupils fell further behind in maths during the Pandemic…

Yesterday’s publication of findings from an EEF study, indicate that disadvantaged primary school pupils have fallen further behind their classmates in maths as a likely result of partial school closures during the Pandemic

The attainment gap between disadvantaged primary school pupils and their classmates has grown in mathematics by one month since the onset of the pandemic, according to interim findings published yesterday by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). These findings are drawn from an ongoing EEF-funded study which aims to understand changes to the gap which might have occurred due to the periods of partial school closure resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

“The pandemic has brought the significance of social and educational inequality into sharp focus. Research studies like this one are providing clear evidence that substantial existing gaps have grown further due to the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic.

“In strategising an approach to recovery, we are presented with the opportunity to go beyond restoring the learning lost during partial school closures, and work towards rebalancing the scales for disadvantaged pupils.”

Read the full EEF article here