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A learner may be disadvantaged by their social, economic, physical, or family circumstances. Where any one (or more) of these is the case, there are implications for the learner's specific educational needs, and how they can best be met. The concept of disadvantage is linked to that of deprivation, in the sense that social or economic deprivation can result in individuals or sections of society being disadvantaged educationally and therefore in terms of their life chances in general. See also social class; social justice.

Subjects: Education.

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