School performance link to Brexit vote, says Ofsted boss
The failure to improve schools in some parts of England has contributed to the feeling of being ignored revealed in the Brexit vote, the chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.
The Ofsted boss said while standards were rising overall, the number of poorly performing schools in the north and the East Midlands would continue to fuel the sense of a divided nation.
He said the situation was very serious.
Sir Michael publishes his final annual report as chief inspector on Thursday.
In an interview with the BBC in Manchester, he said the economic future of the north of England relied on addressing the poor performance of some schools.
Sir Michael said the European Union referendum result had revealed a wider malaise, with communities feeling their needs were being ignored.
He said parents in Manchester, Liverpool and many towns in the North of England had less of a chance of seeing their children get a good job or go on to university than those in London.