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White boys from disadvantaged family backgrounds significantly underachieving.

White boys from disadvantaged family backgrounds significantly underachieving.

White boys from disadvantaged family backgrounds are significantly underachieving even at the earliest stage of their education, results of this year’s phonics screening check for six-year-olds have revealed.

When results are broken down by ethnic group, gender and free school meal (FSM) eligibility, white boys on FSM are the lowest attaining group, with only six out of 10 pupils (62%) meeting the required standard.

Although official figures published by the government on Thursday show a two percentage point improvement on last year’s results among this group, disadvantaged white boys still lag way behind their peers.

Overall more than four in five pupils (82%) met the expected standard in the phonics screening check this year, a one percentage point increase on 2017 results. Chinese girls (not eligible for FSM) were the highest performing group.

Read more about the phonics test results.

 

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