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Schools and teacher training in North East get £24m boost.

Schools and teacher training in North East get £24m boost.

Schools and teacher training in the North East are to get a £24m boost in an effort to prevent pupils in the region from "missing out".

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the three-year programme would drive up standards, especially in poorly-performing secondary schools.

Half the fund will be used to improve early career training for new teachers.

Labour said any missed opportunities for children in the region were the result of government policies.

Projects funded by the programme will be in place in 2019, and an executive board of education, business and council leaders will be formed with the goal of pushing them forward.

Although the North East has some of the best-performing primary schools in the country, Mr Hinds said secondary school performance was currently below that of other regions.

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