Why do poorer students achieve less?
The educational achievement gap between the poorest and richest pupils is widening, BBC presenter John Humphrys has been visiting schools in England to find out why. How can the gap be reduced?
According to the Education Secretary Michael Gove, "Rich, thick kids do better than poor, clever children, and when they arrive at school...the situation as they go through gets worse." Education charity The Sutton Trust says their research backs up this claim -and that there is no other advanced country in the world where the gap in performance between state and private schools is so large.
In "Unequal Opportunities," John Humphrys investigates different attempts to close this gap, including mentoring programmes, stricter levels of discipline, longer school opening hours and cultural visits.
Why does the gap between the richest and poorest children continue to grow? How would you make education more equal? Would longer hours and more cultural visits help? Or is better discipline the answer?
You can watch Unequal Opportunities on BBC Two on Monday 20 September at 2100 BST.
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