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Two in three academy chains are "failing" pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Two in three academy chains are "failing" pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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. 

There is little evidence to show that the government’s regional schools commissioners (RSCs) – who oversee academies in eight regions – are improving schools, the study adds, as a group of chains have remained at the bottom of the table for years.

The report, which analysed the performance of children entitled to the pupil premium, a fund for poorer pupils, calls on RSCs to act more firmly with chains that do not deliver improvements over time to ensure disadvantaged children do not miss out.

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