New research shows disadvantaged children living in rural areas do “worse at school than their city counterparts”.
According to the 2015 figures from Ofsted, the schools regulator, 45% of pupils in Birmingham from poorer backgrounds achieved five GCSEs, grades A*- C, including English and maths. That compared with 35% in Worcestershire and 32% in Shropshire.
Laura Fitzjohn, from Ofsted, said councils were “shocked” when shown the figures, and realised there was more they could do to improve the situation. (BBC News)