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Socioeconomic class and equality
Socioeconomic class and equality

‘Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit’, the twentieth century writer Eli Khamarov famously said. It certainly works that way for millions of schoolchildren. Statistics presented throughout this book demonstrate that poverty overshadows or exacerbates all other factors in terms of a negative impact on learners. In England ‘more than three out of five children from disadvantaged backgrounds leave school without achieving the basics of English and maths’ (Fair Education Alliance, 2014: 1). In all countries of the European Union learners from low socioeconomic backgrounds perform worse than those from richer backgrounds, and across OECD countries such learners are twice as likely to be low attainers than their wealthier peers (OECD, 2012). Although this ...

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