Education Select Committee session on education in the north of England
May 11, 2018
Last week, the House of Commons Education Select Committee (ESC) questioned George Osborne in his capacity as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) on the state of education in the north of England. The ESC questioned the approaches that can be taken to help disadvantaged pupils, address significant levels of inequality and improve education in the north.
The session follows the publication of the ‘Educating the North’ report produced by the NPP. The report focuses on addressing the growing gap in educational attainment between pupils in the north of England and south. It further highlights the importance of quality education and skills in addressing the issue and outlines several recommendations necessary to close the gap. According to Tes, Mr Osborne stated “I’m calling on the government to commit to this bold objective: let’s make sure as many kids in the North attend 'good' and 'outstanding' schools as they do now in London”.
The committee heard that while the fund had been put in place, “not a great deal” had been done with it so far. The transcript from the session is available on the Select Committee web page here.