YORKSHIRE’S young people have lower GCSE pass rates than the rest of the country, say researchers.
A report, Learning to Succeed: addressing Key Stage 4 Achievement in Yorkshire and Humber, was commissioned by the Yorkshire Futures organisation.
It shows that test results at 11 show an increasing gap by the age of 16, based on pupils passing five good GCSE or the equivalent.
It concludes that social and economic factors affect attainment even more than schooling.
The report suggests:
Carefully using school locations and catchments to attain balance
Promoting extra- curricula activity and engaging teaching methods
Ensuring home environments support learning
Communicating job opportunities
Economic success stories and positive role models
Extra emphasis on language skills.
A Yorkshire Forward spokeswoman said: “Ensuring all young people have high levels of aspiration and ambition is crucial to the region’s success.’’