Funding children to make up for missed lessons during the Covid pandemic was branded as an “insult” for Northeast students.
The government has launched a £ 1.4 billion education fund to provide classes for students and additional training for teachers. However, this falls far short of the £ 15 billion funding recommended by Downing Street adviser Sir Kevan Collins, who subsequently resigned.
And Northeast MP said that students in our region suffer disproportionately because they are hardest hit by the pandemic due to high levels of poverty in parts of the region.
CONTINUE READING: Northeast children fell two months back during the Covid pandemic
Wansbeck Labor MP Ian Lavery said: “It is an insult. Make no mistake, it is the students, especially the most disadvantaged, who will suffer again. Crumbs from the table describe the situation we are faced with are faced, not appropriate. “
He said the pandemic had highlighted “alarming regional educational disparities”.
The MP spoke in a debate in the House of Commons, attended by School Secretary Nick Gibb.
A study by the Education Department earlier this year found that students in the Northeast were falling further behind than in any other region.
Secondary school children in the Northeast were on average 2.3 months ago. Those in the southeast were 1.2 months behind.
Those in the east of England and the North West region fell back 1.3 months.
The study also confirmed fears that students from lower-income families suffered the greatest damage to their education during the Covid pandemic and lockdown. Lack of equipment such as laptops is one of the causes.
The results were published in a report published by the National Audit Office in March.
Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell said she feared the northeast, with a higher proportion of long-term disadvantaged children in the area, could be further trailed due to the pandemic.
She told the House of Commons, “The government has not shown the level of ambition necessary to meet the scale of the educational challenge.
“It must now change course and invest in our children – not only is not doing this wrong, it is a wrong economy, and it is future generations who will pay the price in terms of lost revenue and opportunities, and ours.” Because of this, the country is getting poorer. “
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson, the shadow Treasury Secretary, also took part in the debate, where she was the official spokesperson for the Labor leadership.
She said the Chancellor had “questions to answer” about the “shameful decision to have a proper plan” blocked on bringing up children.
Mr. Gibb insisted that the government acted to help students study even when schools were closed.
He said: “We know this pandemic has disproportionately affected children, with most absent from school for at least 115 days, and that’s exactly why we took immediate action to provide remote education by keeping above 1.3 Have provided millions of laptops and tablets alongside WiFi routers and access to share mobile data. “
He told the Commons: “Since this government took office in 2010, we have focused on our mission to raise school standards for all students.
“Successive Prime Ministers and Ministers of Education have ambitious plans in place to ensure that you receive top-notch education regardless of where you are born or where you live.”