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JUST one in four children in Portsmouth on free school meals will get five good GCSEs, a report has shown.

A new Ofsted report reveals that there remains ‘considerable variation’ across councils in the proportion of youngsters achieving the expected standards at age 11 and 16. It shows a gap between the rich and poor still remains.

The study examined the use of the government’s pupil premium - extra cash given to schools to help disadvantaged pupils.

In 2014/15, the scheme will be worth £2.5bn, which means that an average-sized secondary school with an average number of eligible pupils - those on free school meals - will receive around £200,000 in premium funding.

This is the equivalent of five full-time teachers. Inspectors believe school leaders are spending the extra money more effectively than before.