School closure will have widened the disadvantage gap
The EEF predicts that school closures will have widened the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers, likely wiping out progress made to narrow the gap since 2011. Estimates for the gap widening range from 11% to 75%.
However, there are 2 key things you can do:
- Deliver effective remote learning – the EEF suggests that this'll reduce how much the gap widens (and will benefit all pupils)
- Provide sustained, targeted support – helping disadvantaged pupils catch up when they've returned to school (use your pupil premium or the Coronavirus: additional funding for your school for this)
Provide sustained, targeted support for catch-up
For your disadvantaged pupils in school, put in place support that is:
- Sustained: long-term without interruptions, not a "quick-fix"
- Targeted: specific interventions targeted to filling specific gaps in learning, for the pupils who need them
Assess lost learning,