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Sharp fall noticed in educational standard among poorer classes
A fresh research study has made a shocking revelation where three in five youngsters from poorer segments of society do not master educational basics before starting secondary school.
The report compiled by Sutton Trust’s Education Endowment Fund (EEF) showed that the gap between poor and better-off youngsters is widening to an alarming proportion.
The report showed that the number of children receiving free school meals but unable to read, write and do sums is growing fast. More surprising is that the pupils from poor white families lag behind their peers from other ethnic communities.
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the EEF and the Sutton Trust, said the research was 'a stark reminder of the inequalities facing poor pupils in this country'.
He added: 'Too little is known about what works in raising the achievement of the poorest pupils and it is incumbent on us to help address this.'
The research looked at performance among children on free school meals at schools which had failed to meet Government targets for 11-year-olds and GCSE result despite allocating billions of pounds on schemes intended to raise standard of education in poor stratum of the society.
On the contrary better off youngsters were found to be three times more likely to reach minimum educational standard at GCSE than their poorer peers (61 percent, compared with 19 percent).