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Disadvantaged Pupils

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that pupils from disadvantaged areas achieve their full potential. (292210)

Over the past decade, all schools and areas have improved their performance substantially—but those with the most deprived cohorts have made the largest gains.

Schools have achieved these results through improved personalisation; through projects like The Extra Mile; and through our successful Academies and National and City Challenge programmes.

In our “Breaking the Link” publication and the Schools White Paper we set out further plans to ensure even greater equity of outcomes.