This much I know about…the North/South divide


I grew up in East Sussex , I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher in the North for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about the North/South divide.

It’s about the quality of teaching, stupid! I know of one Local Authority, the majority of whose students are in one of the worst performing ethnic groups (90%+ White British) who received a letter from OFSTED congratulating it on its schools’ 2015 KS4 outcomes and whose five 11-18 schools were all classed on the A Level Performance System (ALPS) as Excellent for progress at both AS and A level in 2015. That Local Authority is in the North, has 20%+ of its children living in relative poverty, is the seventh worst funded Local Authority in the country in terms of Direct Schools Grant, and only 20% of its secondary schools have academised. The two…

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