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Last reviewed on 17 January 2017
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How can primary schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils? In this article, we refer to research and guidance on how schools can close the attainment gap and improve attainment. We also look at how schools can use the pupil premium to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Research report: good practice on closing the gap

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (National College) has published a report summarising good practice on closing the attainment gap under the 2014 primary National Curriculum. The report is based on projects run by 12 teaching school alliances.

The report identifies the common themes that emerged from the projects:

  • Addressing barriers to learning
  • Building resilience
  • Using a multi-sensory approach
  • Investigating outstanding practice
  • Making effective use of classroom support
  • Improving literacy

The report explains the methods used to investigate each approach, and shows the outcomes and impact on pages 12 - 21.

Closing the gap with the new primary National Curriculum, GOV.UK – National College (Adobe pdf file)

Classroom strategies for closing the gap

A report for the organisation looks at effective classroom strategies

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