Longfield urges government to boost the economy in the north of England to stop children and young people being left behind. The report Growing Up North, found that 54 per cent of schools in the most deprived northern communities are rated, ‘requires improvement’, or inadequate. This compares to 20 per cent across England and 13 per cent in London.
The report shows that six percent of children drop out of education and training before the age of 18. Longfield said the government and local services need to take a series of measures to address the challenges that these children face.
The report provides various recommendations to enable the north to flourish with new approaches to tackling the areas of disadvantage.
A Children Commissioner states that many children in the north are thriving but there is still more to do. The Northern Powerhouse programme includes £3.4m investment in projects to boost the local economy.