GCSE Scores and Poverty in London

This week, thousands of teenagers across the capital will receive GCSE results that will likely have an impact on the life decisions they take over the coming years. Back in March the full list of the 2010 GCSE results were released and I mapped them alongside an indicator of child poverty. As the graph below shows, unfortunately it continues to be the case that that a pupil’s level of deprivation has a stark impact on his/her attainment.

London has some of the richest and some of the poorest pupils in the country; this is something I have attempted to show in the map by re-scaling the area of each of the London Boroughs by its level of child poverty (measured by number of under 16s receiving means-tested benefits) and colouring it by the percentage of pupils that achieve 5 A* to C (or equivalent) GCSE grades. The map above is not perfect as it is still quite generalised and shows only one of the many measures of child poverty that are used but I think it is demonstrative of one of the many hurdles that teachers have to overcome to help their pupils achieve academic success (on paper at least). I have written more detailed post on these results over at spatial analysis.