The region that you grow up in can affect school results, according to recent research conducted by the Social Market Foundation. In fact, the data showed that regional differences were much more prominent in 2000 than in 1970.
The highest exam results are achieved in London, while Yorkshire and Humber see the lowest grades. "Where you live has become much more important," said think tank director Emran Mian.
The study showed that for pupils born in 1970 location was much less of an influence on grades, with social background playing a much greater role. Family background and income remain important, but the study says "the geographic area a child comes from has become a more powerful predictive factor".
The improvements seen in schools across London have been key to this, meaning that some of the poorest parts of the country are still achieving relatively high results. In the mid-1980s, areas such as the south-east and east of England had better results than London, but the most recent results show that London is now outstripping the rest of the country.
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has now warned of a North-South divide following these results, and has spoken about particular concerns facing the results achieved in coastal towns, which are now much more often seeing high levels of underachievement.
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: "We recognise that there is more to do - we are expanding the Teach First and Schools Direct programmes and launching the National Teaching Service, which will mean more great teachers in schools in every corner of the country, so that we can extend opportunity to every single child and ensure all schools can recruit the teachers they need."
Posted by Harriet McGowan