Support highly able pupils through a dedicated fund

Our Global Gaps report shows that while England’s highest achievers consistently score above the OECD average across English, maths and science, bright but poor pupils lag behind their better-off classmates by around two years and eight months.

The government should create a new ‘highly able fund’ to trial the most effective approaches to improving attainment and aspiration for the most able comprehensive school students.

This fund should then be used to develop an evidence base of effective approaches for highly able pupils and ensure training and development for teachers on how to challenge their most able pupils most effectively.

Additionally, the government must make a concerted effort to lever in additional support from universities and other partners with expertise in catering for the brightest pupils.

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