Yorkshire and Humber lagging behind in GCSE results

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Just under two-thirds of pupils in Yorkshire and Humber achieve five good GCSEs, research reveals.

Some 63% of students across the region gain A* to C grades in five subjects at the age of 16, according to the Social Market Foundation.

It is the lowest percentage anywhere in England. London has the highest percentage, with over 70% achieving five good GCSEs.

The study by the think tank suggests that where children grow up is more likely to determine success or failure at school than in previous generations.

Examining test results of cohorts born in 1970 and 2000, regional differences were found to have become much greater.

“Where you live has become much more important,” says Emran Mian, director of the Social Market Foundation.

Location was much less of an influence for pupils born in 1970, with a much a stronger link to factors such as social background. But the geographic area a child comes from has become a more powerful predictive factor in how high pupils are likely to achieve.

London is now outstripping the rest of the country when it comes to results, compared to the mid-1980s when a reas like the south-east and east of England had better results than the capital.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw warns of a “North-South divide” in schools.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by The News Editor

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