Education ministers have made more than 10 times as many visits in London as in the North East, the Department for Education has admitted. Tes reports.
In a parliamentary answer, education minister Anne Milton said that 31 out of 127 ministerial visits had been made in London, with only three in the North East. A further 23 were in the South East, where all but one of the ministers have their constituency.
The minister’s answer revealed that Mr Hinds had made 14 visits in London but only one in the North East, while schools minister Nick Gibb undertook seven visits to the capital and one to the North East.
The regional breakdown of the 127 ministerial visits – not all of which necessarily involved schools – was: London 31, South East 23, North West 18, Yorkshire and the Humber 13, South West 12, East Midlands 11, West Midlands 10, East of England 6, North East 3.
Mike Parker, director of Schools NorthEast, which represents schools across the region, said he was not surprised by the dearth of visits there.
“It’s a sad indictment of their failure to engage with the region, even though they say it is underperforming at secondary level.”
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