‘Stark’ North-South attainment gap before children turn 5, report warns

The TES is reporting new research warning that poor children in the North are lagging behind their counterparts in London even before they turn 5 owing to a “stark early years gap”.

An analysis of government figures by the IPPR North thinktank finds that less than of half (47 per cent) of children born into the poorest families in the North achieve a “good” level in the early years foundation stage, as opposed to 59 per cent in the capital – a gap of 12 percentage points.

Even accounting for deprivation, early years attainment in the North is far worse and more unequal than elsewhere in the UK, the research claims.

The findings were published in the State of the North report, issued annually by IPPR North…

The report states: “Problems in early years can have a strong bearing on GCSE attainment – and so, unsurprisingly, the North underperforms in this area, too.

“In terms of the overall proportion of young people who attain five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including in English and maths, the North was among the lowest-performing of the English regions in 2013-14 – 54.9 per cent of young people attained this standard, compared to 56.8 per cent across England and 61.5 per cent in London…”

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View or download the full report from IPPR North:

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Your thoughts and reactions to the general idea expressed in the report from IPPR North that the attainment gap in poorer children in the north is more pronounced even aged five and that follows all the way through to GCSE results and beyond?

Why do you think attainment is lower than elsewhere, even when deprivation levels are accounted for?

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  1. Laura_NomNom

    SchoolsImprove why the shock on deprivation in the north, tory government totally biased with funding, job opportunities, etc etc

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