Poor, bright pupils lag behind richer classmates by almost three years

Achievement gap is particularly stark for girls, finds Sutton Trust research.

 

The UK allows a “huge waste” of young talent because poor, bright pupils lag years behind better-off classmates in maths, science and reading, according to a Sutton Trust analysis published today.

 

The gap between rich and poor is even more stark for girls, according to Global Gaps, published by the Sutton Trust think tank.

 

The research, carried out by John Jerrim at UCL's Institute of Education, focused on attainment gaps among the 10 per cent most able pupils, using 2015 test scores from the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) run by the Organisation for International Cooperation and Development (OECD).

 

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