Achievement gap widens once again for pupils in England

A new study has highlighted the growing gap between the achievement of disadvantaged students and their more advantaged classmates.

The report by the Social Mobility Commission demonstrates how the gap has widened year-on-year since 2012.

Poor, white students fare worst, with factors ranging from limited access to the best teachers, lower expectations and a chaotic home life without routine or encouragement to achieve, all taking their toll. On the other hand, it was found that poor ethnic minority students progressed at the national average for all pupils, as they receive better support at home.

The Department for Education acknowledges that more progress needs to be made. Its spokesperson said: “That’s why we have set out plans to create more good school places, in more parts of the country, by ending the ban on new grammar schools, where we know bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds thrive.”

Read more here from BBC News

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