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.
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