Fis-edsultions blogs a report today that suggests North-south funding divide sees children falling behind from the age of five, study warns

Children in the North have already fallen behind by the age of five amid a deepening educational divide, a major new report has warned, as it revealed “unfair” school funding is to blame.

Primary schools in the north of England receive £4,600 per pupil, which is roughly the national average, but £900 less than London.

Secondary schools in the North receive £5,700 per pupil, which is £100 less than the English average and £1,300 less than London.

Policy makers should distribute funds more evenly to help bridge the growing North-South divide in academic achievement, according to the study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North and Teach First, a national charity.

Across the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, the charities warned the northern regions could lose up to £29 billion worth of productivity as the North struggles to compete for the skills needed to make the Northern Powerhouse project a success.

This would amount to a 1.8 per cent boost to the national economy, the report said.

As well as less money, the IPPR North report found many northern schools have a harder job than those in other parts of the country, due to their more “challenging” intake.

But they raise standards better than schools in many other regions and should be compensated for their performance, the study claims.