Powerhouse leader calls for spending to close Northern education gap

The Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Henri Murison, has said handing the control of education back over the North could “not be any worse” than money being controlled in London. The Yorkshire Post reports.

Mr Murison, said: “The Government needs to seriously think about what it’s going to do to be able to demonstrate – if it is trying to buy off the North, which is definitely is – why it is prepared to pay so little for education.”

But Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, said “This is complete and utter nonsense from someone who clearly doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about.”

Thelma Walker, MP for Colne Valley and a former headteacher, said: “The fact is there is a clear gap in educational attainment between the North and the South in this country.”

“So if you look at the 16 regions which are used for GCSE outcomes, seven of the worst performing eight are in the North. To me as a northerners, that is just not acceptable.”

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