John Roberts

‘We need a say on how education is shaped’

Change in the North must come from homegrown talent and ideas, experts urge

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“There isn’t any reason why children in the North couldn’t achieve more in school. Of course they could.”

These words might bring some encouragement to those who want to see an improvement in results in the North of England, because they come from Sir Tim Brighouse, the man who led the London Challenge.

This school improvement initiative is often credited with the astonishing improvement in results in the capital that led to inner-London education authorities going from being the worst-performing to the best-performing nationally. Now, Brighouse thinks that this success could be repeated at ...

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