Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network said:
“These are concerning findings from the Social Mobility Commission; those entitled to free school meals are more likely to earn less and have fewer opportunities than their peers.
"This is completely unjust. We must ensure that every child has a good school place that gives them the best opportunities in life, irrespective of their background. It must not be the case that a postcode can dictate life chances.
"That is why is it absolutely vital that a new wave of free schools is launched to provide all children in all areas access a good quality education, particularly in those communities that have for too long been left behind."