Britain’s divided schools: a disturbing portrait of inequality

The statistics are stark: boys are slipping behind girls in 11 out of 13 learning categories by the age of five; children from the poorest families are half as likely to achieve good GCSEs; black pupils of Caribbean descent are three times more likely to be excluded; four out of five young people with special needs are being bullied; between a quarter and a third of Muslim women have no qualifications.

After decades of reform, during which governments have tried desperately to address the social fault lines in British education, the problems persist.

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