The cultural attitude towards education in the North has to change if the educational divide with the rest of the country is to be bridged, it was claimed yesterday. The Yorkshire Post reports
Former Labour MP Jamie Reed, who is now Head of Development & Community Relations at Sellafield Ltd, the nuclear fuel reprocessing and decommissioning site in Cumbria, told a fringe event at Conservative Party Conference that a lack of funding for schools in the North was only part of the reason for its poor levels of educational attainment.
“Let’s not be afraid to go where people have been afraid to go in the past. Is there something more under-pinning our disparity in attainment with the South.
“Is there something more to that than simply funding? I think the answer is yes. I think there is something cultural in the North. I once read that most educational attainment is achieved in the home, so 60 to 70 per cent of educational attainment is in the home, not the time spent at school.”
“It’s tough, it’s not easy. But that’s the single most important thing we can do, change that cultural approach and that cultural attitude towards education in the North.”
Do you agree that it’s not just funding causing the divide? Do you have any other ideas? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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