10th February 2022

Infographic: Disadvantage Gaps Report – Detailed findings

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published a major report, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, on the disadvantage gap in education.

“The disadvantage gap” – the gap in grades between disadvantaged students and their peers – is a leading measure of social mobility in England and an indicator of the government’s progress in reducing inequalities in education.

The report examines the gap in 2020 at a national level, across different regions and local authorities, among varying levels of disadvantage, and at two stages of education – key stage four and five.

The research offers the first comprehensive picture of the impact of 2020 grades on different students – the year that saw the first switch to teacher assessed grades. 

This infographic [click below to expand high-res] displays some of the key findings from the report  – including the progress made in narrowing the disadvantage gap over the last ten years, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils in long-term of poverty, the GCSE gap for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and the disadvantage gap and qualification choices for pupils in 16-19 education.

The full report, a summary of its key findings, and all other documents can be found here

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