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Survey identifies academic achievement by postcode

Independent think tank Social Market Foundation warns of geographical differences in education.


Top London and National news stories for Tuesday January 12th, 2016

  • Academic achievement determined by UK postcode
  • Jerry Hall to marry Rupert Murdoch
  • Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli signs new lucrative contract



A new report from the independent public policy think tank Social Market Foundation has found that regional differences for academic success have increased dramatically since 1970.

This coincides with former Liberal Democrats’ leader Nick Clegg’s launch of the Commission on Inequality in Education, of which he is the chair.




The Right Honourable Nick Clegg MP has given a speech this morning at Westminster’s Portcullis House to launch the Commission on Inequality in Education.

This coincides with the release of a report from independent think tank Social Market Foundation, which found that postcode inequality has increased since 1970, with London spiking in the success stakes.

Yorkshire and Humberside have some of the lowest academic results across the country.

It also paints an increasingly complex picture of multi-cultural academic achievements.

The worst achievers are under privileged white boys.

Report by radlemadle




Rupert and Jerry

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall announce their engagement (photo: Shutterstock)

After a whirlwind four month romance, it has now been officially confirmed that 84 year old Australian-born American business magnate Rupert Murdoch, has proposed to the American former model and actress, Jerry Hall.



The couple were first spotted together at the rugby world cup final last October, where their attraction grew for one another.

Yet, they met 2 years ago, when Murdoch had ended his 14 year marriage.

59 year old Jerry Hall, was with Rolling Stones Singer Mick Jagger for 23 years, and have four children together.

The Hindu ceremony they had in the Indonesian island of Bali held no legal standing. Therefore her future union with Murdoch, will be her first marriage.
However, for the Media Baron, this will be his fourth marriage.

All of Murdoch’s six children, have a stake in his $12.4 billion USD (approx. £9.5 million GBP) worth.

Although, it is not yet clear whether Hall, (who is worth $15million/approx. 10 million GBP) will have a stake in his company.

Rupert Murdoch proposed over the weekend in L.A, whilst there for the Golden Globes Ceremony.



Tottenham Hotspur’s 19 year old midfielder Dele Alli says he’s delighted to extend his stay at the football club.


Alli has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season, putting in dominating midfield displays for Spurs as they have grown to become realistic title contenders.

The impressive player has been rewarded after his sensational first half of the season and his deal, worth £25,000 a week, will now run until 2021.



Premier Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur are having one of their best seasons in recent years.

They have lost only 2 of this season’s 20 premiership league matches so far, and are currently fourth on the premiership table.

To add to their victories, they have just successfully negotiated the re-signing of Dele Alli, a 19 year old midfielder who has been a key player in the club’s recent successes. A

lli told the Club News that he is delighted, and pays tribute to the fans for their support.


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