The achievement gap between the poorest primary school children and their wealthier peers has closed by the biggest margin in six years following a raft of rigorous reforms.
This year, 51 per cent of children from poorer backgrounds reached the expected level in their national end-of-primary school tests, compared with 70 per cent of their better off peers, Government figures reveal.
The gap, measured using the government’s disadvantage gap index, has shrunk by 13 per cent since 2011 and 3 per cent in the last year, the biggest change since 2012.
Sir Anthony Seldon, vice chancellor of Buckingham University and former master of Wellington College, said the figures were a “genuine cause for celebration” and the result of greater academic rigour in primary schools
He said: “The reforms that have come in are the policies that have gone on to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds to be more successful.
“Now, we have to ensure that the gap continues to close.”