A forthcoming study by the Centre for Social Justice shows a direct link between family structure and exam results. That is to say: pupils who are most likely to achieve five or more decent GCSEs are also the ones most likely to have fathers at home.
Conversely, those most likely to flunk their exams are also most likely to live with a lone parent. Much of this might be explained by wealth – which, in Britain, dictates quality of state school. But it’s fairly clear that inequality is linked to family breakdown, and it’s difficult to care about one but not the other.
Children in areas with worse GCSE results have more fatherlessness on average. Average GCSE results in small areas over the last five years by decile against the proportion of households with children and no father present.
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