Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up

19th May 2022 19/05/2022 10:00-11:30

On Thursday 19th May, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) is partnering with Teach First to hold a high-level event to discuss the role of education investment in levelling up the country. 

School closures and the move to remote learning have raised urgent questions about the disadvantage gap that exists in education for children and young people and wider inequalities within society. As we consider how to build a fairer society after the pandemic, education investment will be critical to creating opportunities and ensuring that we have a highly skilled workforce needed to fulfil the government’s levelling up ambitions.

Following the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper and the announcement of 55 Education Investment Areas, this event will explore how tackling the attainment gap has significant implications for the levelling up agenda. The discussion will also consider how education spending targeting the most disadvantaged students can be an investment in the economy and discuss which policies the government should focus on to reduce inequalities in education.

We are delighted to be joined by Lord O’Neill of Gatley, Vice Chair of Northern Powerhouse Partnership for the keynote speech. This willl be followed by a panel including Farihah Alam, Buile Hill Academy, Leora Cruddas, Confederation of School Trusts, Russell Hobby, Teach First and Will Tanner, Onward. EPI Chief Executive, Natalie Perera, will be chairing the discussion.

This event is invite-only. Please get in touch at to request a ticket with your name, job title and organisation.


Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up
Farihah Alam
Deputy Headteacher, Buile Hill Academy
Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up
Leora Cruddas
Chief Executive and Founder, Confederation of School Trusts
Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up
Russell Hobby
Chief Executive, Teach First
Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up
Lord O'Neill of Gatley
Vice Chair, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up
Natalie Perera
Chief Executive, Education Policy Institute
Closing the Attainment Gap to Level Up
Will Tanner
Director, Onward