Results for Key Stage 2 schoolchildren released yesterday (March 19th) show that primary pupils on the free school meals (FSM) programme and their peers' performances are less disparate.
The difference was reduced by two per cent in 2008, which was welcome news for government and education officials as well as an endorsement of the efforts of school staff
Schools minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry commented: "We have seen record results in English, maths and science results at the end of primary school but it is vital that those who are at the lower end of the results spectrum are given the support to ensure they catch up."
She added that this improvement was testament to the hard work of teaching staff and attempts would continue to maintain this improvement with initiatives such as Every Child Counts.
In other news, research undertaken by The Good School's Guide has shown that girls achieved better grades than boys at single-sex schools.
The best results were among those who were not performing well and benefited from not being distracted by members of the opposite sex.