The North East is to have its own Regional Director to drive up standards and quality of education in the region, according to a report from Ofsted.
Another Ofsted report, also released today, found that there were huge variations in the quality of education and learning across local authority areas.
Middlesbrough was found to be the third worst performing local authority area in the entire country.
Ofsted confirmed that Nick Hudson will take up the post of North East and Yorkshire and Humber Regional Director for Education, Learning and Skills from January of next year.
Regional Directors will be tasked with the challenge of supporting and boosting under-performing schools and colleges in their area.