Fifteen lessons learned during six years of work to narrow the Pupil Premium attainment gap have been published.

These range from the problems of relying on catch-up schemes to the high success rate of strategies involving targeted small-group intervention.

The 15 lessons – which cover primary and secondary schools – also include old favourites such as the importance of effective teaching assistant deployment and high-quality first teaching.

It comes as part of a new analysis from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), which says that on current evidence there will be little change to the size of the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 gaps over the next five years.

However, there is hope that secondary schools can still make a difference and the report does predict that the attainment gap in English and mathematics will narrow by 2021.

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