High-achieving disadvantaged five-year-olds fall behind peers by age 14, study warns

Children who are classed as high achieving at the age of five, but from less affluent backgrounds, are less likely to achieve the highest grades at GCSE compared with their wealthier peers, new research has found. The study from University College London (UCL) was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and tracked high-ability children from the age of five. It used the data of high and low income children from the Millennium Cohort Study – a project following 19,000 young people born across the United Kingdom between 2000-2002. Read more.

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