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High-attaining children from disadvantaged backgrounds

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Education is a key driver of social mobility and reducing educational inequality is central to this goal. In this CAYT (Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions) report, we track the performance of high-achieving pupils from poor backgrounds through the education system and compare their trajectories with those of their more advantaged peers. Specifically, we consider the trajectories of poor children who make it to high-status (or ‘elite’) universities (defined as Russell Group institutions or other institutions with similarly high Research Assessment Exercise scores). We also consider the later attainment of poor children who have initially high, average and low attainment at age 7.

A repository of CAYT impact studies is hosted Mentor-Adepis (Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service).

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