Rural schools failing poor children
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Rural schools failing poor children compared to inner city

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.

The full report can be seen on Inside Out West Midlands, Monday 15 February, on BBC One at 19:30.

  • 15 Feb 2016
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