The very poorest children in England have fallen even further behind their non-disadvantaged classmates since 2007, research says.
The Education Policy Institute study suggests the most disadvantaged pupils are more than two years behind their classmates when they sit their GCSEs.
These children were those entitled to free school meals for 80% of their time at secondary school.
The Education Secretary has warned of a social mobility emergency.
And in a recent speech, Justine Greening highlighted some areas of the country with an “entrenched disadvantage” – where low skills and poor…