30 Jun '14

News Poor progress of disadvantaged pupils a waste of talent, says Alan Milburn

Disadvantaged children who achieve highly at primary school in most cases then fall behind their less able but better-off peersEngland's education system is wasting young talent "on an industrial scale" because of poor progress made by the brightest disadvantaged children once they leave primary school, Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, said after publication of a report detailing the educational differences that emerge by the age of seven.The report found that children from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds who achieve the highest levels at primary school have in most cases fallen behind their less able but better-off peers by the time they sit GCSE exams five years later. Continue reading...

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