'Waste of talent' as poor pupils lag behind richer peers

Clever pupils from poorer homes in the UK are lagging behind their as able but better-off peers in maths, science and reading, analysis finds.

The Sutton Trust research finds the attainment gaps within the most able 10% of pupils are even bigger for girls than they are for boys.

 

The trust said it was a "huge waste of talent" that less advantaged young people were falling behind.

 

The government said its pupil premium was tackling educational inequality.

 

The Sutton Trust analysis examined the 2015 results from international Pisa tests to look at the performance of the 10% of most able pupils in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and their socio-economic background.

 

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