Children in northern England 'being left behind' by southern counterparts | ITV News

Children in northern England 'being left behind' by southern counterparts | ITV News

Children in the north of England are being “left behind” by their southern counterparts as they face a “double whammy of entrenched deprivation and poor schools”, a study has found.

The report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, says pupils in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber are less likely to do well in secondary school, more likely to go to a poor school and more likely to leave education early.

It found that a child on free school meals living in Hackney, London, was three times more likely to go to university than a similar child in Hartlepool, while London children on free school meals were 40% more likely to achieve a good maths and English GCSE grade than children in the north.

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Children in northern England 'being left behind' by southern counterparts | ITV News