Former chancellor’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership calls on ministers to take action to close England’s education gap

Ministers need to pay “urgent attention” to the growing north-south divide in England’s schools, George Osborne has said, as he warned of an alarming brain drain of graduates from the north.

In the first report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which he chairs, the former chancellor said the region was at a crucial “turning point” and could fall further behind without appropriate action by ministers.

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