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Northern schools get £10m 'injection of expertise'

02/03/2015 Kelly
Pupils in the north of England are to benefit from a £10 million 'injection of expertise' to raise education standards, the government has announced.

The money is being provided to allow the region's best academies to become sponsors of underperforming neighbouring schools.

In addition, some of the country's top academies are to share their expertise to help improve exam results in areas where pupils are not realising their full potential.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: "Our £10 million injection of expertise to northern schools will allow the best academy sponsors in the region to share their knowledge and expertise, while harnessing the excellence of the nation's top teachers to boost exam results - underlining our commitment to helping all pupils succeed."

Ms Morgan and chancellor George Osborne also announced the creation of a new technical school in Newcastle that will see thousands of young people in the area trained as IT and healthcare science experts.

Northern Futures University Technical College is sponsored by the University of Sunderland, tech giants Accenture and Hewlett Packard, and local IT companies. Due to open in 2017, it will educate 600 students a year.

According to the Department for Education, 242,000 more pupils are now in top schools than in 2010.

However, official figures show there is still work to be done. In the north-west, north-east and Yorkshire and Humber regions respectively, the rate of children achieving five or more good GCSEs, including English and maths, is 55.8 per cent, 54.6 per cent and 53.9 per cent, compared to 56.8 per cent at the national level.

Primary school and GCSE-level achievement in Yorkshire and the Humber is the lowest in the country.

The new funding will bring some of the best academy sponsors from across the country to set up new clusters of academies where they are needed most.

It will also develop the capacity of existing sponsors to keep pace with new demands, while enabling more strong academy converters in the region to become sponsors of other schools.

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