The Department for Education has published research into how schools are raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The Sutton Trust/Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Teaching and Learning Toolkit was referenced throughout. The research shows many schools are overcoming the barriers to attainment faced by their disadvantaged pupils. It finds the lack of progress in other schools suggests that they are not using their pupil premium funding effectively, especially for their more able disadvantaged pupils. Education Minister Sam Gyimah said in his foreword that “recent reports published by Ofsted and the Sutton Trust support this view, highlighting that too many disadvantaged pupils who do very well early on later fail to meet their potential in their GCSEs”. Sam Gyimah was referring to the Sutton Trust research brief Missing Talent.

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