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Education: Achievement

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of socio-economic factors on deficiencies in educational achievement.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

There is overwhelming evidence that, after prior attainment, poverty is the single most important factor in predicting a child's future life chances. In secondary education, a child eligible for free school meals is half as likely to achieve five or more GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English and mathematics, than a child from a wealthier background.

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