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On current trends the education gap will persist until 2155

The divide between poorer pupils and their peers is not closing nearly fast enough

By Whitney Crenna-Jennings  

Raising the academic attainment of poorer pupils has been an explicit aim of the last four British governments. Over the last 20 years a range of policies, from sponsored academies to the Pupil Premium, have been introduced to this end.

To date, a degree of success can be claimed: the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is in the process of narrowing. This week, in a major speech on social mobility, Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out his plans to ensure that this progress was maintained.

Yet while the direction of travel has been broadly…

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