The Yorkshire Party has demanded a fair deal on education spending, in a bid to equip all the region’s schoolchildren with the skills needed to compete in the 21st century.
We point to the financial disparity that sees £6,965 spent on teaching each London child each year while just £4,163 is invested in a pupil in York.
Not surprisingly, this has left Yorkshire with poor attainment levels for its teenagers. Yorkshire was the lowest ranked region in England 2013-14 for education attainment.
In the early 2000s, London faced a similarly bleak education performance. The solution was the London Challenge – extra investment but also a complete political strategy to turn round the capital’s failing schools.
In 1997, only 16% got 5 A to C grades at GCSE. By 2010, after the challenge, “London had a higher proportion of good and outstanding schools than any other area of England”.
Read how the London Challenge had “a simple moral imperative”: to ensure every young person in London received a good, or better, education”. www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/11/london-challenge-turned-poor-schools-around
We want the same for our children. Read Our Vision for Education at https://www.yorkshireparty.org.uk/education/
We say: “Every young person in Yorkshire deserves an outstanding education – it is a moral imperative for Yorkshire and our economy depends on it.”