Pupils from England’s most disadvantaged areas are almost twice as likely to fail their GCSEs than those from affluent backgrounds, according to analysis of exam results. The analysis by education charity Teach First found that 38 per cent of pupils from England’s most disadvantaged areas do not pass their maths GCSE, compared with 20 per cent of those from the richest areas. The research into the rich and poor attainment gap among students found that 38 per cent from disadvantaged areas fail to pass English language GCSE. In contrast, 22 per cent of children from more affluent families passed this subject. Read more.