Poorer primary school students narrow Sats test gap

Children from disadvantaged families in England are slowly closing the gap with their better-off peers in primary school attainment, although children from better-off backgrounds are more likely to get top results, according to new figures.

A detailed breakdown of results from key stage two national tests – known as Sats – taken in the final year of primary school show that 51% of children eligible for free school meals met the government’s expected standards in reading, writing and maths, compared with 70% of other pupils, a slightly narrower gap than in previous years.

Analysis by the BBC suggests at the current pace it will take 50 years for parity to be achieved between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers, while the figures from the Department for Education (DfE) also revealed that the gap among higher-attaining pupils was widening.

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