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Britain's teenagers

Next week sees the release of the latest data from the Youth Cohort Study, tracking the experience of British teenagers. It will show:

* A big jump since 1989 in the number of children of manual workers with five good GCSEs - but still well behind children of professionals who at A-level are three times likelier to have two passes.

* Truancy among 16-year-olds is down since 1998, but 4 per cent still truant persistently.

* Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black children are improving, but at 16 and 18 they remain less qualified than white pupils. Indians and "other" Asians outstrip white children.

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