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Best evidence on impact of school closures on the attainment gap

Rapid evidence assessment examining the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap.

The EEF's rapid evidence assessment examines the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap, based on a systematic search of existing literature.

Key findings and implications include:

  • School closures are likely to reverse progress made to close the gap in the last decade since 2011.
  • Supporting effective remote learning will mitigate the extent to which the gap widens.
  • Sustained support will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils catch up.
  1. Updated: 3rd June, 2020

    Rapid evidence assessment summary

  1. Updated: 2nd June, 2020

    Impact of school closures on the attainment gap: Rapid evidence assessment