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Figures show that those from more deprived backgrounds are still under-achieving compared to their wealthier classmates.

“In 2014, there was a 21 per cent gap between the performance of 19-year-olds who are not eligible for free school meals, and those pupils who are.

With 89 per cent of students from families with higher incomes achieving level 2 qualifications, the gap is considerable, showing that just 68 per cent of those from poorer households passed the same exams.”

Source: Wigan Today