Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has welcomed a report by IPPR North, and backed by Teach First, which calls for fairer funding for northern schools.
Northern secondary schools receive £1,300 less per pupil on average than London and IPPR are urging the government to use upcoming reform of the national funding formula to address this imbalance.
Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop said:
“Thanks to a modern plan and lots of investment form the last Labour Government Teesside now has some of the best primary schools in the country, but children are being let down as this Government is short changing northern secondary schools.
“Teachers, and other school staff, are already facing an uphill struggle as school budgets have been cut but this report reviles it is even harder in the north due to unfair government funding.
“I’m Backing IPPR’s report which calls for more resources to overcome educational disadvantage in the North, I hope the Chancellor acts on this report with more than just empty world and his ‘northern powerhouse’ sound bite.”