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£23m fund to support bright children from poor backgrounds.

£23m fund to support bright children from poor backgrounds.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £23m fund to support bright children from poorer backgrounds in England whose talent might otherwise be "wasted".

The aim is to reverse a trend in which bright poor pupils are overtaken in school by less able wealthier children.

It is part of a new Department for Education social mobility strategy.

Labour's Angela Rayner said the plans were "rhetoric" against a background of funding cuts and lower real-terms pay.

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