Bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds fall by the wayside at GCSE
Writing for the Guardian, Richard Adams cites new Sutton Trust research into poor bright underachieving boys.
Too many bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds fall by the wayside at secondary school despite achieving top results at primary level, according to analysis commissioned by the Sutton Trust.
The trust said it identified the group of underachieving disadvantaged pupils as “missing talent” and found the group was less likely to take subjects such as sciences or languages that would help them gain places at universities.
The research reveals that a much higher proportion of those on free school meals or from disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to go on and achieve similar results at GCSE level, even for those who were ranked in the highest 10% of results at state primary schools in England.
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