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Poor children more likely to go to under-performing primary schools

One in six of those from the poorest families will win places at the best primaries. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

POOR children are half as likely to go to an outstanding primary school as those from richer homes, a study has found.

It suggests that just one in six of those from the poorest families will win places at the best primaries, and are much more likely than wealthier children to attend schools that are considered under-performing by Ofsted.

Disadvantaged youngsters are being "priced out" of top schools, which are more likely to be found in richer communities, according to the Teach First charity, which conducted the analysis.

The analysis of official data and Ofsted judgments concludes that 15 per cent of children from the poorest 30 per cent of families across England attend a primary school rated as outstanding by inspectors, compared to 27 per cent of those from the richest 30 per cent of homes.

In addition, 11 per cent of the poorest youngsters are at a primary judged as inadequate or requiring improvement, compared to just 6 per cent of the wealthiest.

The findings do show that similar proportions of the richest and poorest youngsters go to schools rated good by Ofsted.

The charity's chief executive Brett Wigdortz, said: "These figures show that social mobility remains a serious issue in our country. We know that all families care about giving their children the best possible start in life, but as outstanding schools are unfairly concentrated in richer communities, poorer families are finding themselves priced out.

"As a society we must challenge the idea that where a child is from, or how rich their parents are, determines whether they get access to an outstanding education. We must work towards a future where opportunities are available for all, in order to create a country that works for everyone".

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