Addressing the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on the attainment of pupils has long been a key focal point for schools. As a sector we are not short of experts on the matter and there are lots of evidence-based strategies for schools to choose from.
We also know that the issue is certainly on the radar of governing boards nationally according to the results of this year’s annual governance survey.
''About a quarter of pupils are at a disadvantage in their education as defined by the DfE’s pupil premium eligibility measure. The academic attainment gap between these pupils and their peers is about 18 months by the time they take their GCSEs; about 40% of that gap is evident at age five.''