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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Lessons to learn about educational inequality

The start of the school year has seen the government pledge, once again, to narrow the education divide between rich and poor pupils. It certainly has its work cut out - last year children from poorer homes scored about half as well as their wealthier peers at GCSE. As a result they find it much harder to go on to further education, get into a good university and get a decent job. What's more, the recession could be making this worse. Last year the link between poverty and academic achievement got stronger for the first time in almost a decade.