Nearly half of 11-year-old-boys from poorest homes are failing to reach expected standard in maths and English.
The scores from national SATS tests, taken by hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds this summer, show that just 52.6 of boys who are not on free school meals reached this target – leaving a gap of 22.1 percentage points. Figures taken for boys and girls together show a gap of 21.3 percentage points.
Overall, 55.8 from wealthier homes. The figures are at a similar level to last year.
Nick Gibb, the schools minister, said the figures were unacceptable and that the poorest boys were being let down by the education system.
Speaking in The Guardian, he said: 'It is not acceptable that at the end of primary school these children are still not reaching the standard in English and maths they need to flourish at secondary school.
After seven years of primary school children need to be fluent in these basic skills, which is why the government is putting such an emphasis on improving pupils' reading ability in the first years of primary school, with a focus on phonics.'
Some 73.5% of all pupils reached level four in their English and maths tests.
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