Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Sutton Trust, responded today to the new Ofsted report on Access and Achievement in Education:
“Sir Michael Wilshaw is absolutely right to focus on the poor attainment of low income pupils, particularly outside London, where results have been patchy. Good teaching across the board, strong leadership and effective use of data are all absolutely vital. Every school should have a clear strategy to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, as education is their ladder out of poverty.
“But it is crucial that the response is evidence-based, as too many initiatives have lacked robust evaluations. The Education Endowment Foundation is trialling ways to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students, to identify those which are most effective. In conjunction with the Sutton Trust-EEF Toolkit, this should help ensure that schools use the most cost-effective ways to raise their attainment.”
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