Two in three academy chains ‘fail’ poorer pupils, study finds

Two in three academy chains are “failing” pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, a damning study suggests.

Poorer children in 38 of the 58 academy chains performed below the national average last year for all state schools, according to research from social mobility charity the Sutton Trust.

The government’s academies programme has failed to deliver its goal of boosting educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, the report suggests.

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