The image below shows that family income has a significant impact on test scores at the age of 3, and that the differences between kids from different income bands increases as they progress through school. It is an illustration of a depressing yet familiar story.
Less familiar are those moments when we see this achievement gap play out in the life of an actual kid. On a school visit I recently spoke to a girl in Y11; she qualifies for the pupil premium. This girl took two GCSEs in Year 10 and gained an A in French and an A* in RE. She is predicted mostly A’s in her other subjects this year. When I asked her of her plans for next year (her school has no sixth form), she replied – “I’ll probably go to the local college to do BTECs.”
On the website of every school in England…
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