I CAN’s response to the Education Endowment Foundation’s ‘The Attainment Gap’

24 January 2019

I CAN’s response to the Education Endowment Foundation’s ‘The Attainment Gap’

24 Jan 2018

A newly published report by the Education Endowment Foundation suggests that there will be little or no headway in closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates in the next 5 years. The report highlights that the attainment gap grows wider at every stage of education, which supports existing data that states that as many as 50% of children in some areas of deprivation start school without the language they need for learning, putting them at an educational disadvantage right from the start of their school career.[1]



The new report highlights the disappointing picture, where pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are having a significantly harder journey through education than their peers. The relationship between being educated in some areas of deprivation and poor language development is clearly very strong and it is imperative action is taken to stop the gap widening. It is vitally important that the reports such as ‘The Attainment Gap’ will galvinise changes at local, regional and national level to improve the early identification for these pupils. The earlier these children receive tailored support, targeting their language development, the better their life chances are

Bob Reitemeier, I CAN’s Chief Executive
[1] Locke, A.Ginsborg, J.&Peers, I.(2002) Development and Disadvantage: implications for early years IJLCD Vol 37:1


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