Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

“Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank.

In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to “build a Northern Powerhouse”. “Many issues have been raised with us,” said the authors, “but one challenge stood out: education.”

Mr Osborne said the region was “at a turning point”. He set up the think tank last September to champion the ideas he had pursued as chancellor.

Launching the report, Mr Osborne said: “We can either make use of the momentum behind the Northern Powerhouse to really close the North-South gap, or we can let the moment pass and leave our country divided and the North left behind,” he added. Read more