UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Gap between rich and poor GCSE pupils shameful says Laws

Press Release   •   Dec 15, 2009 12:16 GMT

“This huge gap is a damning indictment of Labour’s failure to ensure every child gets a fair start," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Schools Secretary.

Commenting on today’s Government figures showing the huge GCSE achievement gap between pupils from rich and poor backgrounds, David Laws said:

“It is shameful that the most disadvantaged children are only half as likely to get five good GCSEs than those who are better off.

“Progress seems to be slipping backwards, with the gap growing between the poorest pupils and their wealthier classmates.

“This huge gap is a damning indictment of Labour’s failure to ensure every child gets a fair start in life regardless of their background.

“The Government must give schools the money they need to offer more support to children who are struggling, by cutting class sizes and running extra catch-up classes.”