Want to level up? Then tackle child poverty

The regional inequalities in GCSE and A level results match up with the regional levels of child poverty. This is no coincidence, says Dr Mary Bousted

As I write this article, it is GCSE results day. Along with the usual congratulations and photographs and television clips of young people celebrating their results, a Labour party analysis of regional inequalities in A level and GCSE pass rates is hitting the headlines.

In London, 32.6% of GCSEs were marked at grades 7/A and above but in North East England and in Yorkshire and the Humber, just 22.4% got the top grades.

Inevitably questions are being asked. Why did students in the North perform less well than their Southern peers?

The problem with answering this question, particularly when there is a strict time limit on your answer, is that this is a complex issue.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here