The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Steve Haig, the headteacher of Whickham school, have reacted positively to news that many North East schools are to benefit from a grant to rebuild and refurbish crumbling classrooms.
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The Government has announced that 16 North East schools will benefit from a £140 million grant under the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:
Sixteen schools across the North East will see their buildings either rebuilt or refurbished under a new government scheme.
The schools, which include Vane Road Primary School in Durham and Dinnington First School in Newcastle, will benefit from a £140 million grant as part of the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.
The North East is set to receive the least from the latest round investments in the form of regional growth funds.
The government has announced today our region is to get over £40 million between 2016 and 2021, which is the smallest sum of any of the English regions.
The Deputy Prime Minister says its down to which local companies bid for the funds:
In total the government is investing £1 billion in local economies across England as an expansion of their regional growth funds deal.
There aim is to pass funding from the central government into the hands of local authorities, businesses and universities, who they believe can invest with inside knowledge of what is needed in their area.
£10million of government money is being provided to support tourism in northern England. The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, ahead of this week's Northern Futures Summit. The aim is to promote the region's countryside, history and culture and attract more visitors.
The Deputy Prime Minister has announced £300m of investment for companies in the North East.
The money comes from the Regional Growth Fund, and businesses in the region are being invited to bid for a share.
Nick Clegg made the announcement today (Friday) during a visit to DUCO Ltd in Walker, Newcastle.
The offshore manufacturing company successfully bid for £3.6m in a previous round, enabling the firm to create 168 jobs.
Free school meals have lead to "healthy children and ultimately a better performance at school," said the head of a north London primary.
Headteacher at St Mark's primary school, Calvin Henry, readily supported free school meals for infants and had already implemented the policy at his school.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every infant in England will receive a free school lunch from September 2014.
The announcement follows a pilot scheme which was carried out in schools across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham.
Mr Clegg says the scheme will save parents more than £400 a year.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the Government plans to provide free school meals for infants in England.
Here is a segment of the speech the Liberal Democrat leader will make in Glasgow on Wednesday:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every child in infant school will receive a free school lunch.
Under a new Government-funded scheme, children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at schools in England will be given a hot, healthy school lunch to help save families more than £400 a year per child.
Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education.
Pilots took place across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham, which found that where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime.