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One in three clever, poor boys fall behind at GCSE, research finds

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Writing for the TES, Helen Ward cites new Sutton Trust research into poor bright underachieving boys.

Highly able pupils from poor homes are more than twice as likely to fall behind by the age of 16 than their wealthier classmates, new research from the Sutton Trust shows.

Of the pupils who were in the top 10 per cent for attainment at age 11, about 7,000 students fail to get into the top 25 per cent for their GCSE grades.

And the research, carried out by Education Datalab director Rebecca Allen, concludes that it is pupils on free school meals who fare particularly badly.

Read the full article here.