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Poor teenagers are 18 months behind their wealthier peers in GCSE attainment as progress in closing the divide has come to a standstill, a report has revealed.
The gap between disadvantaged pupils and others widened between 2017 and 2018, halting progress for the first time since 2011.
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Research concluded that it will take more than five centuries for the gap to close if the most recent five-year trend continues.
The Education Policy Institute’s annual report found that disadvantage gaps are larger – and growing – in parts of northern England.
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Researchers calculated that in 2018 poorer students were generally around 9.2 months behind at the end of primary school.
By the time they took their GCSEs, they were lagging by 18.1 months in average attainment in English and maths. This figure grew by 0.2 since 2017.
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For all GCSE subjects, the figure remained unchanged from 2017 at 18.4 months.
The research compared pupils eligible for free school meals at any time in a six-year period with better-off peers.
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The most persistently disadvantaged students – eligible for free meals for at least 80 per cent of their time in school – are almost two years (22.6 months) behind by the time they leave secondary school.
EPI’s executive chairman David Laws, a former...
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