Attainment gap for disadvantaged students

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Level 3 attainment gap between Free School Meals and non-Free School Meals students at 19 years-of-age (2005 - 2018)

The attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students is lower in Inner London than in Outer London and lower in Outer London than it is in the rest of England. 

In Inner London in 2018, 19 year olds who were eligible for Free School Meals at the end of Key Stage 4 were 12 percentage points less likely to have gained Level 3 qualifications (equivalent to A levels) than their peers who were not eligible for Free School Meals. In Outer London the figure was 20 percentage points and in the rest of England it was 29 percentage points. Looking over the past decade, the attainment gap has remained fairly consistent, with Inner London always having a smaller gap than Outer London and the rest of England.

Level 3 attainment gap between Free School Meals and non-Free School Meals students at 19 years-of-age by London borough (2018)