Poorer children half as likely to get into best schools, research shows

In The Guardian TeachFirst charity says findings demonstrate that ‘social mobility remains a serious issue in our country.’

Children from poor families are only half as likely to get places in outstanding schools compared with their wealthier peers, according to new research published on the eve of national primary school offer day in England.

As 600,000 families in England wait to see if their children have gained a place at a school of their choice, the charity TeachFirst says those from disadvantaged families have fewer opportunities of being admitted to the top tier of state schools.

Eleven per cent of children from the poorest families attend a primary school rated as inadequate or requiring improvement and only 15% of children from the poorest 30% of families currently attend a primary school rated as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors. 

“These figures show that social mobility remains a serious issue in our country,” said Brett Wigdortz, the chief executive of TeachFirst.

The figures come as government ministers argue that a “postcode lottery” is hampering social mobility, restricting access to the best schools to those who can afford house prices and rents in the most expensive areas.

The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said the statistics showed the government’s rhetoric on social mobility did not match reality. “Ministers’ failure to provide good schools in disadvantaged areas where they are needed is simply indefensible,” she said.

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  1. Sharon Oliver

    Random allocation within a set radius that includes socially deprived areas, is the only way to ensure social mobility in outstanding schools.

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