Closing the Achievement Gap in England's Secondary Schools

Children’s backgrounds shouldn't limit the opportunities they have in life, but as things stand, children from poor homes do worse educationally than their classmates. Find out what we're calling for.

September 2012


Last year 34% of pupils on free school meals achieved five good GCSEs, compared to 62% of better-off pupils.

We believe there is a need to improve the prospects of children growing up in deprived circumstances so that they can realise their potential at school.

This briefing focuses specifically on the role of teaching and learning at England’s secondary schools in closing the achievement gap between children from poor homes and their peers.

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