Educational inequality still ‘deeply entrenched’ despite marginal progress

Despite marginal progress on educational inequality, poorer students are 1.2 GCSE grades behind richer peers and four times more likely to be expelled

Education inequality remains “deeply entrenched” across the country with the poorest children almost 13 months behind their richer peers at GCSE.

The Fair Education Alliance’s (FEA) annual Report Card warns that we have only made marginal progress in closing the achievement gap and that we are not on track to meet educational equality targets by the end of this Parliament.

The FEA measures the GCSE gap using average grades in full GCSE qualifications between schools serving low-income communities and those serving high-income areas. The findings are presented showing how many months of development poorer children are behind their richer peers.

The GCSE achievement gap has narrowed from 13.1 months to 12.8 in the past year and has closed by 1.8 months since 2012.

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