Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Huge news for local education

The Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds visited the newly built Darras Hall Primary School yesterday to officially declare the school open. The £5.8million school was built by Northumberland County Council and features state of the art classrooms and facilities. 

As part of his visit Mr Hinds also announced a £24million investment programme for young people in the North East. The fund will be used to boost early career training for new teachers to raise standards in schools, to improve outcomes for students aged 16 or over and improving pupil transition between schools in the county to ensure that progress is maintained. The Opportunity North East programme will also work with local businesses to create more opportunities for young people across the region. 

I wholeheartedly welcome this announcement, and look forward to seeing investment in education in our region giving our children and young people the best possible chance in life.  

Mr Hinds said: "There are today too many education measures on which the North East is listed ninth in the list of nine English regions. It doesn't have to be like that.In fact the North East has a lot of really outstanding education - especially so at primary level.The job now is to spread that through more of the secondary level and beyond. It's vital that we do this to make sure that no part of our country feels as though it has been left behind, and that every community feels like this is a country that works for everyone."