Peal said the link between poverty and poor educational performance had become a “truism” in the left-leaning educational establishment, but it was disproved by international figures.
For example Japan, Canada and Poland all fare worse for child poverty than Britain in Unicef data.
But they rank higher than this country in a key measure of educational achievement, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the report said.
And social inequality is more extreme in China and South Korea, but both beat Britain in the PISA data, it added.
Turns out that it’s just crap teaching in crap schools that’s the problem.