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North east boys doing badly.

North east boys doing badly.

THIRTY years ago boys did better at school than girls. Now, it’s the boys who are the under-achievers across the North East. In Newcastle in 2016 almost half of white young men failed to achieve 5 or more ‘good’ GCSEs including English and Maths compared to 40% of young women.


The number of BME youngsters from both genders achieving five GCSE’s at A-C (58%) is higher than those who are non-BME. Only four out of 10 men go to university today. In 1978 it was seven out of 10.

Alarmingly, male truancy rates in the region are well above the national average, and exclusions rates at secondary schools are at an all time high. In the de-industrialsied town of Middlesbrough 4,802 pupils (mostly boys) were permanently excluded from school while in nearby Redcare the figure is 2,594.

The inspection body, Ofsted, notes it’s the white working class in our city, towns and coastal communities who are the cause for concern which has profound implications for their ‘life-chances’. Is this a moral panic or a case of moral realism?

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