‘Focus on poor pupils in rich areas to cut inequality’

TES is reporting that schools and communities must do more to support disadvantaged pupils in wealthier areas, according to a major report into health inequality in England published today.

Pupils eligible for free school meals who attend schools in affluent areas perform worse academically than they do in schools in deprived areas where most pupils are disadvantaged, according to the report, Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On.

It notes that, since 2010, “evidence has shown that children in families with low incomes do better at schools in more deprived areas than they do in wealthier areas”.

The report also said there needed to be more investment in preventative services to reduce school exclusions and off-rolling – whereby pupils are removed from the school roll before their GCSEs.

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