Gap between rich and poor primary school pupils wider than it was 50 years ago

The difference in reading attainment between richest and poorest chidlren is largest in the US, where disadvantaged pupils are behind by about a year before they even start school.

 

The UK's education class divide is wider now than it was half a century ago, new research has revealed, with children from poorer backgrounds already eight months behind their more privileged peers before starting school.

 

A study into international inequalities by the Sutton Trust found the UK falls behind Canada and Australia in terms of the literacy gap between pupils from the poorest and most affluent backgrounds.

 

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