This is the first Education Policy Institute (EPI) report to Essex County Council’s Education Task Force, an independent body created to oversee post-Covid recovery in education and young people’s mental health in Essex.
EPI has been commissioned to track how well early years providers, schools and further education settings in the county are supporting young people and closing the gap between the most disadvantaged and the rest.
This first report examines the state of the disadvantage gap across multiple phases of education in Essex – in the early years, key stage two, key stage four and 16-19 education, and considers how this has changed over the past decade.
In addition, the report provides local comparisons within Essex, as well as selecting similar counties and local authorities from across England to provide more context on how well Essex enables disadvantaged pupils to achieve. The report also provides an analysis of how Essex school performance has improved in recent years, in comparison with other schools with similar starting points nationally.
EPI analysis for local authorities: if you are a local authority interested in commissioning EPI to undertake analysis of the education gaps in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org