Northern teenagers fall short on GCSE grades, report reveals

A new report shows that teenagers from disadvantaged homes are falling behind their southern counterparts.

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership study has shown that disadvantaged teenagers, living in the North of England, were averaging around a grade lower on average in their GCSEs, compared to their better-off peers.

In 2016/17, Teenagers in the north of England, which included areas such as the North East, North West and Yorkshire, averaged a GCSE grade of 45.1, whereas the national average was 46.1.

This comes after the report claimed that the Northern Powerhouse Partnership was set up to help increase the North’s contribution to the UK economy and help to provide opportunities for up to 16 million people in the local region.

A big factor for this to happen is the low educational performances, especially at GCSE levels. With the decreasing of results in the north, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership study had called for changes to be made. Boosting the achievement and prospects of the nationals teenagers in education, which includes businesses helping to mentor at least the same amount of pupils as they have employees in that specific region.

This positive move could benefit at least 900,000 young people in the North of England, aged 11+.

Someone who feels more help is needed for disadvantaged teenagers is former teacher Julie Owen of St Augustine’s Catholic High School. She said, “I think it’s important that more help is provided to pupils because it will give them opportunities to develop key life skills such as engaging with other people and the ability to learn.”

“Good education will allow them to decide on a clear future instead of having no motivation of desired goals in life.”

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(Liverpool Community College- Photo by Liam Plumbley)


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