The Guardian is reporting that progress in closing the GCSE attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier classmates has come to a standstill, signalling “a major setback for social mobility”, according to a report.
The study by the Education Policy Institute thinktank found the gap, which has been gradually closing since 2011, widened slightly last year, with the most persistently disadvantaged pupils now almost two years (22.6 months) behind their peers by the time they finish their GCSEs.
David Laws, EPI’s executive chairman, said the report should be “a wake-up call” for the new prime minister, Boris Johnson. “We are now witnessing a major setback for social mobility in our country. Educational inequality on this scale is bad for both social mobility and economic productivity.”
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