The TES is reporting a new analysis that shows schools in the North East outperform all other regions on GCSE and Sats results when pupil background is taken into account.
The analysis, carried out by Education Datalab, shows that the region’s schools had the highest scores in the country in 2015 for “contextual value added”, a measure that assesses pupils’ progress and takes into account a range of contextual factors including gender, ethnicity, deprivation, special educational needs and whether English is an additional language.
The figures cast doubt on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s claim that the region’s schools are underperforming. The Ofsted chief inspector said that this was part of an “alarming” North-South divide.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has also raised concerns about a regional divide. In November, she said: “It’s a sad truth that when you look at many of the underperforming local authorities in our country, a significant proportion are located in the North of England.”
Becky Allen, director of Education Datalab, told TES that emphasising a “North-South divide” created a “rather simplistic narrative on schools”.
“Regions are far too large and diverse to make generalisations,” she said…
See more in the 29 January edition of TES.
See more from Education Datalab on this at: Every school contains a story of how educational inequalities emerge
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