Today’s education news review looks at a North Powerhouse report published by TeachFirst and the IPPR.
Northern Powerhouse report
Teach First and the IPPR have published a report about the Northern Powerhouse calling for education to be put at the heart of government policy on this issue. The report also announced the extended reach of TeachFirst in the North.
The report has been picked up in brief broadcast reports on BBC Breakfast, reporting that the IPPR is calling for money to be redistributed to bridge a north-south divide in academic standards. In print, the report has been picked up in a number of short pieces across The Telegraph, The Guardian, I and The Sun.
In response Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:
At the heart of our education reforms is the mission of ensuring that every child receives an excellent education that enables them to fulfil their potential regardless of circumstances or geography. We are making progress with 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010 and the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers falling.
The job is not finished yet though. We know great teachers are vital to raising standards in schools and are changing lives every day. That’s why we are continuing to work with groups like TeachFirst who are helping to place those teachers where they are needed most, returning power back to the profession through our White Paper reforms and introducing schemes like the National Teaching Service which will develop even more brilliant leaders.
We are also ensuring that all schools have the resources they need through the introduction of a historic new National Funding Formula that will ensure funding follows need rather than a historic formula and continuing to invest in the Pupil Premium, worth £2.5billion this year.