Better results for London pupils

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London primary schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds are achieving better academic results than pupils in the rest of the country. Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies claims this is down to the differences in the mix of pupils attending London's schools.

Fifty-four per cent of inner London pupils, eligible for free school meals, achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths, compared with 47% in outer London, 40% in the West Midlands and 30-35% in other regions outside of London who gained similar results.