My plan is that, by 2020, Tynedale and Ponteland will have the best schools in Northumberland. In 2010, 60% of Tynedale and Ponteland students received five GCSEs (Grades A*-C), including maths and English. By 2020 I want to ensure our schools have the resources to raise this to a minimum of 70%.
Having successfully secured a rebuild of Prudhoe High School which was completed in September 2016, I am now working hard to deliver investment in our other schools' buildings, especially Haydon Bridge High, Ponteland High and QEHS in Hexham.
I led the campaign that changed the rules on schools funding. The new agreement secured from the Government gives a fairer funding deal for our schools. For many decades Northumberland has been one of the worst funded education authorities. The changes I have helped to secure so far will deliver an extra £12 million for Northumberland's schools.