The impact on pupil attainment of primary-school closures in early 2021

  • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) and maths showed the largest declines, representing a gap of on average three months’ progress across all year groups. Reading, on average, showed a two-month gap.
  • Younger year groups, Years 1 and 2 in particular, generally showed bigger reductions in attainment than older year groups.
  • Schools with high proportions of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) experienced decreases in mean test score that were approximately twice as large as schools with low proportions of FSM-eligible pupils.

 

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