|Date:||23 June 2014|
|Authors:||Ellen Greaves , Lindsey Macmillan and Luke Sibieta|
|Publisher:||Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission|
Successive governments have sought to narrow the achievement gap between pupils from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds, as part of wider efforts to improve social mobility. For future policy to be most effective, it is important to learn from successful examples of where the achievement gap has been narrowed. The improvement in London schools over the past decade stands out as an important example of improvement in academic achievement, and most crucially as a narrowing of the achievement gap.
The key question for policymakers interested in narrowing the achievement gap is whether the 'London effect' can be replicated across the rest of the country. In order to answer this question, we must understand, first, when the performance of disadvantaged pupils in London improved and, second, why this might have happened.
In this report, carried out jointly with the Institute of Education, we examine: