The Yorkshire Party has welcomed the report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Educating the North: driving ambition across the Powerhouse.
However the party says education must be devolved to regions or no amount of warm words will improve attainment levels.
Leader of the Yorkshire Party, Stewart Arnold said: “We are naturally delighted that the Northern Powerhouse Partnership think-tank has picked up on the idea of an ‘educational challenge’ as a way of combatting the apparent imbalance in educational attainment between the North and South of the country.
“This is something the Yorkshire Party has been campaigning on for some time. In fact, we announced, the ‘Yorkshire Challenge’ almost THREE years ago to the day (February 16, 2015) in the run up to the launch of our manifesto for the 2015 General Election where education was a key part of our plans.
“We said then (and it remains true today):
“The world is changing so must our skills. The ‘Yorkshire Challenge’ will allow our children to get the best start in life, to develop relevant skills, so we can give our children, and region, the best chance of succeeding.
“Every young person in Yorkshire deserves an outstanding education – it is a moral imperative for Yorkshire and our economy depends on it.”
“However, to make all this happen, we must have the devolution of education out of London and closer to the people in the county so that we can properly implement the ‘Yorkshire Challenge’. Without that we could still be talking about this in another three years time.”