Help urged for pupils as GCSE results reveal gap in region’s performance

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More must be done to help economically disadvantaged families in Yorkshire, political leaders have warned, as GCSE results reveal a wide gulf in attainment compared to the capital.

Thousands of students in the region collected exam results yesterday, with performance improving across Yorkshire and the Humber. But there is still a seven per cent gap over pass rates, and eight per cent at top grade, when compared to London.

Sixth-formers are today waking up to their A-level results

Sixth-formers are today waking up to their A-level results

“We need to concentrate on closing that gap in terms of attainment,” said Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. “There is a need for government to do a lot more. There are just as many young people who go to Yorkshire schools who could – and should –be getting these A grades.”

This, he added, was an opportunity for government to focus on quick wins such as a centre for excellence in the region to share examples of good practice.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said it was focused on improving academic standards nationwide, with rising numbers of pupils in good or outstanding schools and a shrinking attainment gap: “Our pupil premium funding – worth £2.4 billion a year – is specifically helping disadvantaged pupils, and we are committed to driving up school standards in the North, investing more than £70 million in projects across the region to do just this.”