Schools in the North East top rankings to challenge claims of a national divide

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.

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See more from Education Datalab on this at: Every school contains a story of how educational inequalities emerge

 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This data is pretty inconvenient for Wilshaw and Morgan who have been slating and persecuting schools in NE for a while

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Does this story just prove that whatever Morgan & Wilshaw say needs to be considered with a large pile of salt #halftruths

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Does this story just prove that whatever Morgan & Wilshaw say needs to be considered with a large pile of salt? #halftruths

  4. Julie_Cordiner

    About time the north east got recognition for its achievements in the face of high deprivation challenges. It will be difficult to sustain this if the national funding formula moves money away from the area, but I’m sure the north eastern spirit will prevail.

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