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Born in the wrong place for good schools? 在英國想上好學校 要生對地方?

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英國教育政策研究所發布的一項最新報告稱,在英格蘭,地理位置的劃分對接受好學校教育機會的影響越來越明顯。2010年到2015年間,在倫敦接受中學教育的學生取得學業進步的可能性最大。請看以下報道。

This research suggests that London is taking an increasing share of the secondary schools where pupils make the most progress. But places such as Blackpool and Hartlepool (in the north of England) are being left even further behind as debates about social mobility increasingly focus on regional differences.

The study says deprived areas of London can have more high-performing schools than better-off areas outside the capital. David Laws, the think tank's chair and a former education minister, said the widening inequality was "shocking".

But the Department for Education said that its investments in disadvantaged areas would help to spread opportunities more evenly across the country.

詞匯表

suggests 顯示,意味著
secondary schools 中學
debates 討論,爭論
social mobility 社會流動性
regional differences 地區差異
deprived 貧困的
better-off 經濟狀況好的
shocking 驚人的,特別糟糕的
disadvantaged 貧困的,處于不利位置的
spread(使)擴散

測驗

請聽報道并回答下列問題。

1. According to this research, in which area are school children likely to have a better chance of making significant progress?

2. Do poorer areas of London have more high-performing schools than in some more affluent areas of England? 

3. True or false? David Laws feels the inequality between different regions of the UK is a good thing.

4. What is the Department for Education doing to equal out the differences across the country?

答案

1. According to this research, in which area are school children likely to have a better chance of making significant progress?
This research suggests that London is taking an increasing share of the secondary schools where pupils make the most progress.

2. Do poorer areas of London have more high-performing schools than in some more affluent areas of England? 
Yes. The study says deprived areas of London can have more high-performing schools than better-off areas outside the capital.

3. True or false? David Laws feels the inequality between different regions of the UK is a good thing.
False. He says the widening inequality was "shocking".

4. What is the Department for Education doing to equal out the differences across the country?
It is investing in disadvantaged areas to help spread opportunities more evenly across the country.

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