Some regions head the school-improvement queue while the rest play catch-up, argues Mike Parker
It’s hard to argue against “fairness”. By definition, fairness is impartial and just treatment or behaviour without favouritism or discrimination. As Theresa May put it last June: “The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do.”
The sentiment was echoed by our current education secretary, Damian Hinds, when he wrote last month: “We need to spread opportunity to the parts of the country where children are still let down by the depth and breadth of education available.”
Yet, we have a perverse focus in education in this country that is doing the exact ...