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According to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s February 2018 report, Educating the North: driving ambition across the Powerhouse, one in four Northern secondary schools are judged by Ofsted as inadequate or requiring improvement. While the North’s primary schools perform only slightly worse than those in London, at secondary school level the gap widens considerably, with Northern children 13 points, or one whole grade, behind at GCSE.
Through the government’s Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy, various programmes have been established to boost school performance. In October 2018, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced a £24 million funding programme, Opportunity North East, to ease the transition from primary to secondary school and improve opportunities for children across the region. This is in addition to the £70m Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy Fund, first announced in 2016, which has led to the creation of maths hubs and boosting maths teaching in the North West, home learning trials for early years children in the North, and the Northern elements of a national English hubs programme.
Ensuring strong school leadership as well as the recruitment and retention of adequately qualified teaching staff are vital to improving standards of education across the North. The Government’s Opportunity Areas programme aims to address inequality in investment, but more work is needed to attract and retain the very best school leaders and teachers to serve the communities hardest hit. Employers also need to play a greater role in improving attainment and opportunities, by providing meaningful support through mentoring and apprenticeship programmes.
The NPP has called for the government to increase the number of good or outstanding schools in the North by 2022. It is clear that as well as targeted funding and support from the government, schools, local authorities and businesses must work together to tackle regional inequalities and create genuine parity in education and opportunities for children and young people across the North.
This one day forum will provide attendees with a valuable opportunity to hear the latest policy recommendations and initiatives from the DfE and other senior policymakers and discuss the key challenges surrounding reducing the education attainment gap of schools and academies in the North of England. Participants will also gain insights from leading practitioners and best practice case studies demonstrating proven methods of delivering high-quality education across the Northern Powerhouse.
Key speakers include:
• Paul Cohen, Deputy Director, School Improvement and System Leadership, Early Years and Schools Group, Department for Education
• Nick Hurn OBE, Elected Member, North of England Headteacher Board
• Sean Finch, School Partnerships Manager, North, Ambition School Leadership.
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