Boys are more likely to be achieving low academic results in the basic subjects at the age of seven than girls, a new report has claimed.
According to the latest figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the difference has become more pronounced throughout the course of the last year and this could result in boys gaining lower grades when they take their GCSE exams at 16.
Over the past year, 11.4 per cent more seven-year-old girls than boys achieved the expected academic standard, compared to 11.1 per cent last year.
Dr Richard House, senior lecturer in psychotherapy at Roehampton University, said: "There is a grave danger that boys will simply become disaffected and 'turn off' from learning if they experience comparative failure at too young an age."
Schools secretary Ed Balls recently called for more than 1,400 primary schools from the south-west to the north-east to improve their performances.
Posted by Tim Colman.