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Highly able primary pupils fail to reach GCSE potential

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Writing for Schools Week, Sophie Scott cites new Sutton Trust research into poor bright underachieving boys.

Highly able primary pupils are “missing” out on high GCSE grades with some areas serving talented pupils much worse than others, a new report published today has revealed.

Analysis carried out by Education Datalab director Becky Allen, on behalf of the Sutton Trust, looked at 7000 children who achieved in the top 10 per cent of key stage two scores at the end of primary school.

Fifteen percent of the highly able children failed to achieve in the top 25 per cent results at the end of their GCSEs. Boys on free school meals were particularly prone to seeing their achievement fall and become part of the group labelled as ‘missing talent’.

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