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North South divide (allegedly)

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Claims that the poorer kids in the north (Hartlepool is mentioned :-) ) are disadvantaged as far as schooling is concerned compared to poorer kids in the south.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43500164

Now I'd have anticipated the opposite, given the bennies bonanza and NMW and cheaper Northern housing. In the North poor kids stand a chance of having more space and a bedroom each I'd have thought. Is it lack of Vitamin D?

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Just now, swissy_fit said:

Claims that the poorer kids in the north (Hartlepool is mentioned :-) ) are disadvantaged as far as schooling is concerned compared to poorer kids in the south.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43500164

Now I'd have anticipated the opposite, given the bennies bonanza and NMW and cheaper Northern housing. In the North poor kids stand a chance of having more space and a bedroom each I'd have thought. Is it lack of Vitamin D?

It’s the lack of housing they all live in cardboard boxes

 

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Once again, genetics holds the answers here.

 

Northerners, generally, have thicker skull bone matter to resist the driving rain and snow.  Coupled with the massive muscles needed on the neck for those near Yorkshire in order to balance the chips on both shoulders, and you have smaller brain space, which means less IQ...

 

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It says a child on free school meals (FSM) living in Hackney, east London, is three times more likely to go to university than a child on FSM from Hartlepool.

 

Doesn't that suggest they're brighter - less student debt etc getting naff degrees rather than the loan addicts in Hackney.

In any event you can be sure that the evidence is largely made up and doesn't take the real reasons into account and is used as an excuse to pump loads of money to the great and the good aka the 1% up north to help with the government's made up GDP statistics.

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It does rankle when they say "the south" meaning "the south east".

The lowest social rents in England have been either County Durham or Plymouth for the last ten years.

Anywhere rural also suffers from low school funding; it goes to the inner cities and one in particular.

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1 hour ago, swissy_fit said:

Claims that the poorer kids in the north (Hartlepool is mentioned :-) ) are disadvantaged as far as schooling is concerned compared to poorer kids in the south.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43500164

Now I'd have anticipated the opposite, given the bennies bonanza and NMW and cheaper Northern housing. In the North poor kids stand a chance of having more space and a bedroom each I'd have thought. Is it lack of Vitamin D?

As I mentioned on the B.B.C thread the So-Called BBC news team did not bother to visit Hartlepool but actually interviewed people in Leeds which is a relatively prosperous northern city.  When costs to spending ratios are added often the most disadvantaged people are those in rural areas and seaside towns quite a few of which are in the south. I don't think Margate ranks as a northern town but I don't think it is an educational or job hotspot either.

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46 minutes ago, twocents said:

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It says a child on free school meals (FSM) living in Hackney, east London, is three times more likely to go to university than a child on FSM from Hartlepool.

Doesn't that suggest they're brighter - less student debt etc getting naff degrees rather than the loan addicts in Hackney.

In any event you can be sure that the evidence is largely made up and doesn't take the real reasons into account and is used as an excuse to pump loads of money to the great and the good aka the 1% up north to help with the government's made up GDP statistics.

It also means that any effect you may impute is probably related to circumstances and policies 5-20 years ago rather than now. 

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