North-South divide in quality of secondary schools
The head of Ofsted has warned that there is a north-south divide in the quality of secondary schools in England. The divide means that children living in the North or the Midlands are less likely to receive a good education at secondary school than those living in the South. When the fourth Ofsted report is launched today, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of schools in England, will announce that the divide is due to political will rather than the high level of economic deprivation in the North and Midlands. Despite this, there is no such divide in the quality of primary schools across the country because of the recent improvements which have been made.
A study found that there were 16 local authority areas in the country where fewer than 60% of children attended secondary schools rated good or outstanding and 13 of the 16 areas were in the North or the Midlands. The education watchdog has also found that around 400,000 children in the North or Midlands attend a secondary school that is rated less than good by Ofsted, with satellite towns and major cities being at the forefront of the issue.