Gap is the wrong word, what we are talking about is a disadvantage chasm; Long-Term Disadvantage in secondary schools in England

Having always been clear that education is one of the key ingredients of the Northern Powerhouse, a contender with skills for the most critical, I am clear that as a Partnership the most important report we have published was Educating the North. It highlighted the detail of the education divide between pupils in the north and those elsewhere in England which then creates barriers for those young people to go into more productive, higher paid careers.

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