Decade of progress in tackling pupil disadvantage ‘wiped out’

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Education charity finds coronavirus school closures may have reversed years of work to narrow gap in England

Nearly 10 years of progress in narrowing the attainment gap in England between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates has probably been “wiped in a few months” due to the coronavirus pandemic, a study has found.

Analysis by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) charity said the closure of schools to most pupils 10 weeks ago was likely to reverse all progress made to close the gap since 2011.

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