The government is facing questions over why the North East has been excluded from a flagship scheme which aims to make sure pupils from poorer backgrounds aren't left behind.
12 places around the country are 'Opportunity Areas' benefiting from a share of £72 million to try to improve social mobility.
The North Yorkshire Coast - the area around Whitby, Scarborough and Filey - was named among them in October 2016.
The man in charge of running the scheme locally, Sir Martin Narey, has insisted it is now up and running, and has allocated funding to a number of schools.
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SCHOOLS NorthEast described the fact that the 12 Opportunity Areas do not include anywhere in the North East as "an absolute shock and travesty" - pointing to higher rates of unemployment and lower numbers going to university here.
Questioned about this at an event recently, Education Secretary Justine Greening admitted: "I hope that the North East will be added to the list."
It's my understanding that Ms Greening wants to see more Opportunity Areas introduced, after seeing that the first set are having a positive impact - and the North East would be towards the front of the queue.