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Rapid review of parental engagement and narrowing the gap in attainment for disadvantaged children

This rapid review explores parental engagement in education, with a particular focus on closing gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils. A wealth of previous “narrowing the gap” research across a wider age range was identified and synthesised in a review recently completed for the Department for Education (Goodall et al., 2011). In light of this, the present review aims to augment the evidence base by examining research published in the last two years.

The review seeks to concentrate on:

  • the key messages from research on the links between parental engagement and narrowing the gap in attainment for disadvantaged groups; and
  • the practitioner audience, distilling what it is important for them to know about engaging with disadvantaged families to improve achievement.