Many of the most disadvantaged Northern children are falling far behind their equivalents in the South, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.
A 12-month research project warns that disadvantaged children in the North 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 is an optimistic report that praises the ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse project, but it also warns that many of the most disadvantaged children in the North are falling far behind their equivalents in the South, particularly children growing up in London,” said the report. “While some parts of the North have some of the best primary schools in the country, many secondary schools are struggling. The report calls on the Northern Powerhouse Project to give children the same attention as economic regeneration, otherwise the promise of the Powerhouse will not be realised.”
The main findings in ‘Growing Up North’ include:
The report highlights that children growing up in the North love and are proud of the place they live. They want a future where they live near their family and community and they want jobs and opportunities to rival anywhere else in the country. The Northern Powerhouse and the new devolved mayors provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to drive that ambition.
“While many children in the North are thriving, there are huge gaps between the poorest Northern kids and those in the South. Too many children in the North are facing the double-whammy of entrenched deprivation and poor schools. They are being left behind. We need to ask why a child from low income family in London is three times more likely to go to university than a child who grows up in Hartlepool,” said the report.
The report’s recommends:
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