Education attainment linked to geographical location
January 18, 2016
The Social Market Foundation (SMF) recently launched its new Commission on Inequality in Education. Its initial research shows clear regional disparities in educational outcomes, which become apparent by the end of primary school. It found that:
over 70% of pupils in London achieved 5 good GCSEs compared to 63% in Yorkshire and the Humber
areas such as the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands and the East Midlands have persistently under-performed over the last 30 years, whilst educational performance in London has improved significantly
location is now a more powerful factor in predicting attainment, and regional inequalities are more evident for those born in 2000, than they were for those born in 1970
Income and ethnicity were also underlined as factors. The analysis found that the attainment gap between the richest and the poorest remains significant, with 40% of those receiving Free School Meals (FSM) achieving 5 A* to C grades at GCSEs, compared to 70% of those not receiving FSM. It also states that ethnic inequalities have altered over the last three decades, with white students going from over-performers to under-performers during this time.