Department for Education report: Regional Differences in Attainment in the Early Years

Geographic disparities in attainment suggests that the education system is not as efficient or equitable as it should be.

This is according to an August 2018 Department for Education report on early years attainment in different UK regions.

This study of the early years (up to age 7) in England focuses on the following questions:

  1. Are there regional differences in attainment and cognitive and socio-emotional development across the course of early life?
  2. What are the drivers of regional gaps in attainment and development and do
    they vary by age?

The report finds that whereas differences in cognitive development were small at 3 and 5 years old, it grows slightly as children reach age 7. There are also further variations in attainment by sub-group.

But few regional differences in attainment and development exist once a range of contextual, explanatory factors have been accounted for.

The report concludes that findings show regional differences in attainment were generally small and not significant.

Read the report in full.