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Why does wealth influence educational attainment?

Why do children from low income families leave school with lower levels of educational attainment than those from wealthier families? 

In 2008, less than one quarter of children from families eligible for free school meals left school with five or more GCSE's at grade C or above, compared to just over half of children from wealthier families. This attainment gap has begun to close over the last ten years, but it still remains large.