GovToday.com, 25 February 2015
Lekan Ojumu, Sporteducate Programme Manager, Sported
In the UK there is a persistent gap in educational attainment between less advantaged pupils and those from more affluent families. If you are a pupil on free school meals (FSM) there is an attainment gap of 26.5% between you and your non-FSM counterpart in achieving an A*-C grade at GCSE Maths and English.
The pupil premium was introduced in 2011 to tackle this attainment gap and support pupils from poorer backgrounds. But outside of the school-gates what else can be done? How can targeted educational support be delivered to those young people who need it most?
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