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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Question for Department for Education

UIN 73130, tabled on 27 October 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications of the disadvantage gap index at the most recent provisional key stage 4 data release; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

1 November 2022

Key Stage 4 results from 2022 have shown that the disadvantage gap index has widened for this year group compared to the 2020/21 academic year, from 3.79 to 3.84.

The Department is aware that disadvantaged children have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are committed to helping these pupils to recover and to close the attainment gap.

The Schools White Paper, published in March 2022, includes a vision for a school system that helps every child to fulfil their potential by ensuring that they have the right support, in the right place, at the right time, founded on achieving world-class literacy and numeracy.

Almost £5 billion has been announced for an ambitious, multi-year education recovery plan to support young people in catching up on missed education. Recovery programmes, such as the Recovery Premium, the National Tutoring Programme, and 16-19 Tuition Fund are especially focused on helping the most disadvantaged pupils and students.

Schools also continue to receive the Pupil Premium, worth over £2.6 billion this financial year (2022/23), to enable them to provide extra support and improve disadvantaged pupils’ academic and personal achievements.

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