For yet another year, Middlesbrough is in the ten worst local authorities for GCSE results in the country, according to the Department of Education - and other councils on Teesside weren't far behind.
However, despite its league position, Middlesbrough has improved GCSE grades by nearly eight per cent.
Our education correspondent Dan Ashby visited one school that is helping to improve children's fortunes.
You can watch his full report below.
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