Thursday, December 13, 2007

Deprived UK children 'still trapped by poverty'

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Last Updated: 2:23am GMT 13/12/2007

The gap between rich and poor has failed to narrow under Labour as class barriers remain as rigid as they were in the 1970s, according to research published today.
Despite billions being invested in education, children born in deprived homes are no more likely to escape the poverty trap than they were 30 years ago, it is claimed.
By the age of seven, bright children from poor backgrounds will be overtaken at school by less gifted pupils raised in the wealthiest families.

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