BBC News: ‘Stark split’ in education levels

By Sean Coughlan. Education reporter, BBC News. Sunday, 18 October 2009 00:40 UK 

Deptford now has more graduates than Winchester, as London draws ahead

The qualifications gap between the most and least educated areas in Britain is growing wider, says a lecturers’ union.

Richmond Park in south-west London has the highest proportion of graduates, 64%, compared with the lowest, 10% in Hodge Hill, Birmingham.

“The current divide between the haves and have-nots is growing,” says UCU general secretary Sally Hunt.

The lowest-achieving areas are found in industrial cities of England’s North and Midlands, and parts of East Anglia.

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