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Poverty and educational achievement: why do children from low-income families tend to do less well at school?

By Anne West

Abstract

There is an achievement gap between children from poor family backgrounds and others; this is not unique to the UK, but found in all other countries of the OECD. This article examines the reasons why children from poorer backgrounds do not, on average, do as well academically at school as those from more advantaged backgrounds. It argues that the family, income and material resources are highly significant, although schools also play an important role. Possible implications for policy are discussed together with associated tensions

Topics: HT Communities. Classes. Races, HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Policy Press
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:14668
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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