Attainment gap widens between disadvantaged pupils and their peers

DfE breakdown of GCSE results in England shows an increase for second year in a row, The Guardian is reporting.

Ministers have said more must be done to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in England, after last summer’s exam results showed the gap between children from poor families and their better-off peers had widened further.

“The attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers remains stable and is down by around 9% since 2011, but we recognise there is more to do,” said Nick Gibb, the school standards minister for England.

The DfE also published national data on the performance of schools run by multi-academy trusts (Mats). This showed the Star Academies trust based in Blackburn made the fastest progress for its pupils for a second year in a row.

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