State Pupils from Poorer Homes Do Best in Capital

The Evening Standard (London, England), December 16, 2011 | Go to article overview

State Pupils from Poorer Homes Do Best in Capital


Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

STATE school pupils from poor backgrounds do better in London than in other parts of Britain despite high deprivation in the capital, new research reveals today.

The study shows that nearly half of children brought up in the capital's poorest homes still manage to gain five GCSEs -- more than double the success rate of the next best region. In the best state schools, poor pupils are "overachieving" by more than 40 per cent.

Researchers say good teaching could explain the success of London pupils. Another reason is the influence of highly motivated Chinese and Asian parents, whose children tend to succeed regardless of their income background. However, the findings also reveal poor white children are failing to share in the success.

The report by think tank CentreForum, is based on analysis of the Government's National Pupil Database, and official measures of poverty. Together they cover more than 600,000 pupils.

The figures come a day after the publication of government statistics show-ing that 25 per cent of children leaving London primary schools have failed to reach level 4 -- the grade expected of them -- in both English and maths.

But the CentreForum report shows that, taking all social groups into account, London pupils perform fractionally better than those elsewhere with 50 per cent gaining five or more GCSEs at grade C or above, compared with 48 per cent figure outside the capital. …

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