Scar­bor­ough named as so­cial ‘coldspot’

So­cial mo­bil­ity in the bor­ough is one of the worst in coun­try

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Scar­bor­ough is in dan­ger of be­com­ing an “en­trenched so­cial mo­bil­ity coldspot”, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port

The lat­est find­ings from the So­cial Mo­bil­ity Com­mis­sion show Lon­don, in par­tic­u­lar, is pulling away when it comes to boost­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds, while ar­eas like Scar­bor­ough are be­ing left fur­ther be­hind.

The 2017 State of the Na­tion re­port ranks all 324 lo­cal author­i­ties in Eng­land in terms of their so­cial mo­bil­ity prospects for some­one from a dis­ad­van­taged back­ground.

It uses a range of 16 in­di­ca­tors for ev­ery ma­jor life stage, from early years through to work­ing lives, to map the coun­try’s so­cial mo­bil­ity hotspots and coldspots.

Out of 324 Scar­bor­ough comes in at 295.

The town also comes in the bot­tom 10 for so­cial mo­bil­ity re­lat­ing to school pupils.

The re­port notes: “Get­ting into good-qual­ity schools is also chal­leng­ing for chil­dren on free school meals in York­shire and The Hum­ber, with the third low­est rates of ac­cess to de­cent pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.

“With fewer than one in three chil­dren on free school meals achiev­ing the ex­pected stan­dard at key stage 2, the re­gion has the low­est pri­mary at­tain­ment in Eng­land.

“This drops to fewer than one in five in Scar­bor­ough and Selby. This may re­flect the fact that, at 18.2, the pupil–teacher ra­tio in York­shire and The Hum­ber is the sec­ond high­est in Eng­land.”

It went on: “Low per­for­mance is also char­ac­ter­is­tic of de­prived coastal ar­eas or towns in semi-ru­ral ar­eas. These ar­eas have an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, suf­fer from so­cio-eco­nomic de­pri­va­tion and in­ter­gen­er­a­tional un­em­ploy­ment. In­deed, ru­ral and coastal ar­eas make up a high pro­por­tion of the low­est per­form­ers in pri­mary schools (e.g. Scar­bor­ough) as well as sec­ondary schools.” How­ever, it does praise the new Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil­backed Coven­try Univer­sity Cam­pus in Weapon­ness.

The re­port states: “Lo­cal author­i­ties, schools and uni­ver­si­ties can all help com­pen­sate for lim­ited ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion. Lo­cal author­i­ties can of­fer travel bur­saries to en­able poorer young­sters to study de­gree cour­ses at fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­leges. Uni­ver­si­ties can part­ner with fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­leges or open satel­lite cam­puses in ar­eas with no higher ed­u­ca­tion, as Coven­try Univer­sity did in Scar­bor­ough.

“In 2014, Coven­try Univer­sity opened a new Scar­bor­ough cam­pus in an area where young peo­ple were cut off from higher ed­u­ca­tion. The cam­pus of­fers cour­ses that match lo­cal em­ploy­ers’ needs and are com­pat­i­ble with work and car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

The re­port fol­lows on the heels of a re­port ear­lier this year, also from the So­cial Mo­bil­ity Com­mis­sion, which said Scar­bor­ough was the “low pay cap­i­tal of the UK,”

The re­sort was named as the lo­cal au­thor­ity with the low­est mean pay in Bri­tain. Last year the av­er­age salary was just £19,925, com­pared with a na­tional av­er­age of £28,442, ac­cord­ing to the an­nual sur­vey of hours and pay car­ried out by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS).

The re­port calls on the Gov­ern­ment to fund trans­port links to en­able schools and busi­nesses in ru­ral and coastal ar­eas to grow. It also states lo­cal coun­cils should pay the liv­ing wage.”

Fewer than one in five pupils in Scar­bor­ough get ex­pected Key Stage 2 stan­dard

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