Undertaken by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), curators of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, the analysis coincides with the launch of a new suite of resources to help schools’ Pupil Premium work this year.
The breakdown of a representative sample of 300 schools’ Pupil Premium strategy statements from the last academic year reveals that 75% cite attendance and 74% reading as the main barriers to attainment for pupils eligible for the funding.
School attendance has been an on-going challenge since the pandemic, with the latest figures showing a persistent absence rate of more than 24%. The EEF findings come a day after the Education Select Committee published the findings of its inquiry into school attendance.
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