Extra tuition helps richer children

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Children from wealthier families gain a substantial advantage from tuition and extracurricular activities, according to this research from the Sutton Trust.

Private tuition can give long-term advantages, such as helping pupils get into selective schools and boosting exam grades, but despite almost one in four young people having extra tuition, it is least likely to be available among poor families.

The study found that the richest families are much more likely to pay for extra lessons than the poorest - and the Sutton Trust has suggested poorer families be given vouchers for tutors and after-school hobbies.

The Trust suggests that part of the pupil premium should be targeted at supporting poorer pupils, by diverting cash to funding tuition.

Mr Ryan, director of research at Sutton Trust, said: "While many schools offer a range of sporting and other activities outside regular school hours, there is still a substantial advantage available to those who can afford it.

"If we are serious about improving social mobility we must narrow the gap in educational opportunities outside of school as well as within the classroom."

Key findings from the report:
 

  • 23% of young people report receiving private tuition, but there is a 12 percentage point gap between the most and least affluent families.
  • Wealthier families are three to four times more likely than all other social groups to use private tutors specifically to gain place for children at selective school.
  • 76% of parents across all social groups involved their children in some form of regular extracurricular social activity over the last year. Parents with professional or administrative occupations are 15% more likely than those with manual or routine jobs to involve their children in these activities.
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