The TES analysis compared each local authority's test scores with the number of their pupils eligible for free school meals. By looking at the performance of all authorities it was possible to predict the average test scores that pupils in each authority should achieve.
Authorities were then ranked according to how far their actual test scores were above or below thatprediction.
Primary test scores were calculated by adding together English, maths and science scores per pupil at key stage 2. The secondary analysis was based on average GCSE points scores.
Unitaries in top 30 AUTHORITIES: Primary Telford and Wrekin Redcar and Clevel and Luton, Slough Unitaries in bottom 30:secondary Kingston upon Hull Bristol Bracknell Forest Portsmouth Leicester Nottingham South Gloucestershire West Berkshire Stoke-on-Trent Blackpool North East Lincolnshire East Riding of Yorkshire.