Socio-Economic Gradient in Teenagers’ Reading Skills

This new research from the Institute of Education has revealed that there is a yawning gap in attainment between even the ablest children in the highest and lowest socio-economic groups. The author, Dr John Jerrim, examined the reading scores of pupils in 23 countries. The report shows that the reading skills of the highest-performing English and Scottish 15-year-olds from disadvantaged families are, on average, more than two years behind those of the most able pupils from privileged backgrounds. The gap in England is 2.5 years and in Scotland 2.75 years. Leadership Briefing issue 7.01(73)

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