Schools in Darlington will receive extra support to help people receive the best possible education and gain the skills and knowledge needed to unleash their potential.
The Conservative Government is targeting support to 55 areas across the country where school outcomes are weakest to target investment and action – including retention payments to help schools keep the best teachers, new specialist sixth form free schools, and new reading, writing and maths achievement targets.
These new Education Investment Areas and extra skills support will help create a level playing field that boosts our economy and increases the life chances of young people for generations to come.
Peter Gibson MP has welcomed the news that schools in Darlington will receive extra support as one of 55 new Education Investment Areas under plans to Level Up education for disadvantaged children and young people across England.
As part of the Conservative Government’s Levelling Up White Paper, 55 areas across the country will receive targeted support to help young people from all backgrounds receive the highest standards of education.
Education Investment Areas will be prioritised for new specialist sixth form free schools – ensuring that talented children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to the learning they need to progress into training or higher education. They will also be eligible for retention payments to help schools maintain the best teachers in high priority subjects, and they will be able to access a new pilot programme to improve pupil attendance.
The Conservative Government introduced a new national mission to ensure that 90 per cent of children leaving primary school in England are reaching the expected standard in reading, writing, and maths by 2030.
95 per cent of the areas selected as an Education Investment Area are outside London and the South East – with schools in the North, Midlands, East of England, and the South West set to receive the most support, levelling up education across England.
Commenting, Peter Gibson MP said: “No child or young person should be limited by where they grow up – they should be supported to get a world class education and the skills they need to succeed at school and beyond.
“I welcome the extra support Darlington is receiving from this Conservative Government, including funding to help schools retain the best teachers and priority for new specialist sixth form free schools to give talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds the highest standard of education.
“The Government is targeting investment and support as we build back fairer – helping to level up education standards, ensuring children and young people across the country to fulfil their potential.”
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said “The most valuable resource on the planet is the human resource. Investing in people to get on in life and receive the best possible education is core to the mission of this Government, and we are determined to help people gain the knowledge and skills needed to unleash their potential.
“This White Paper sets out our blueprint for putting skills, schools and families at the heart of levelling up. It focuses on putting great schools in every part of the country, training that sets you up for success in a high-skilled, well-paid career and ensuring no one misses out on opportunities simply because of where they live or their family background.
“Raising our expectations and aspirations for children, as well as creating a high-skilled workforce, will end the brain drain that sees too many people leaving communities in order to succeed. These plans will help create a level playing field and boost the economy, both locally and nationally.”
*Picture: Peter Gibson MP takes questions from students at Harrowgate Hill Primary School