Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North East Still Lags Behind in Results

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North East Still Lags Behind in Results

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A-LEVEL improvements in the North East are lagging behind the rest of the country but a teachers' leader has insisted: "There's no educational crisis in the North East of England."

The region has seen the number of A grades at A-level rise by 2.1% - to 19.8% - since 2002, compared with a 6.1% increase - to 29.1% - in the South East during the same period.

Dr John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said the low expectations of parents were partly to blame.

"It can't be all down to the Government or all down to schools. Parents have a huge role to play in raising the aspirations of children," he said.

"Schools have a much bigger job to do in getting good A-level results where parental aspirations are low."

Dr Dunford, a former maths teacher, taught in several schools in Sunderland before becoming headteacher of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, in Durham, in 1982. He said Durham Johnston got "outstanding" results but added that it was "unlike the rest of the North East". …

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