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This event took place on Thursday 5 May. The recording is available below.

The educational attainment gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers has failed to close in the last decade. The effect of COVID-19 has made this divide even more stark, highlighting how far students' circumstances can impact their educational success.

Equal Education is a social enterprise that seeks to close the educational divide through specialist support. It works with over 150 schools to provide 1:1 tutoring programmes that provide targeted academic and pastoral support for disadvantaged young people.

On 5 May Equal Education’s co-founder, co-CEO and Head of Partnerships, Kim Rihal joinedNesta’s Mission Director Raj Chande. Kim spoke about the steps we need to take to nurture and uplift disadvantaged students, how targeted tutoring can make a difference and how far the pandemic transformed the way we support students.

Why you should watch the recording

This free online event is for anyone wanting to learn how we can support disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap, whether you’re a tutor, teacher, parent, carer, work in a local authority or in school governance. If you’re interested in social enterprises and how we can apply different approaches to solve problems, then this is essential listening.

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