Educational attainment – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

Measuring changes in attainment is difficult due to GCSE and A level reforms over recent years. However, GCSE trends since 2016–17 appear broadly stable prior to the coronavirus pandemic, while average points scores in A levels increased each year since 2016. Attainment gaps persist for those from certain protected characteristic and socio-economic groups. There is no consensus on progress made in narrowing these gaps, and there are concerns that the impact of the pandemic will exacerbate them. Cuts in school spending per pupil have been greater in England than in Wales and Scotland.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on educational attainment.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021