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Academic performance of poor children in London is improving.

LESS THAN A QUARTER (22 PER CENT) of children on free school meals in inner London obtained five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, or their equivalent, (including English and Maths) in 2002. In 2013, this had risen to almost half (48 per cent). Gains were much smaller among disadvantaged children outside London (from 17 per cent to 26 per cent).

A study published by researchers associated with the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) concludes that the improved performance largely reflects gradual improvements in school quality over time. Improvements in primary schools played a major role in explaining later improvements in secondary schools.

The researchers followed a group of children born around the year 2000 from preschool to age 11, and found that disadvantaged pupils in London are not ahead at age five, but instead make faster progress once they get to school compared with their peers outside the capital.

Understanding the improved performance of disadvantaged pupils in London Authors: Jo Blanden (School of Economics, University of Surrey), Ellen Greaves (Institute for Fiscal Studies), Paul Gregg (Department of Social Policy, Bath University), Lindsey Macmillan (Institute of Education, University College London), and Luke Sibieta (Institute for Fiscal Studies).


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Publication:Community Practitioner
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Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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