North-South divide still wide in secondary schools in England
Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield has published a report there are gaps between the poorest Northern children and those in London.
It's entitled ‘Growing Up North’, and examines how the North-South divide impacts on children’s outcomes and opportunities.
It finds that although many children growing up in the North are thriving, there are significant gaps between the poorest Northern children and the poorest children in London, with those in the North less likely to do well in secondary school, more likely to go to a poor school and more likely to leave education early.
The report's recommendations include improving the North's secondary schools in the most deprived areas and ensuring each local area has a plan to keep children in apprenticeships, training or education until age 18.
Published: by Radio NewsHub