Disadvantaged pupils achieve lower grades in north

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James Curran
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Disadvantaged pupils achieve lower grades in north

Post by James Curran » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:17 am

Disadvantaged pupils achieve lower grades in north than in London

Disadvantaged children in the north of England achieve GCSE grades that are significantly worse than their counterparts in London, according to a report into education and skills in the region.

The study by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) found that too many children in the north were falling behind youngsters in other parts of the UK, leading to a serious skills shortage for employers.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... -in-london

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Re: Disadvantaged pupils achieve lower grades in north

Post by James Curran » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:50 am

I feel that the biggest problem that many schools in the North of England face is the high concentrations of poverty which is also a huge problem in Northern Ireland where it is made much worse by the grammar sector which siphons off all the middle class children. Almost a quarter of the secondary schools in Northern Ireland have 50% or more of their pupils on the free school meals register. That’s not to say that high poverty schools can’t be good schools, they can but those high poverty high performing schools are the exception to the rule. A study by Tulane university professor Douglas Harris found that schools which serve a middle class population are 22 times more likely to be consistently high performing as high poverty schools. Here’s what Michael Wilshaw a former head of Ofsted had to say about his time as Head teacher at Mossbourne Academy.

“In my last year we sent a dozen kids off to Oxbridge, 60% to Russell Group universities. That would not have been possible without top-end children who were so influential in the rest of the school.”

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