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Lord Heseltine on Education.

Lord Heseltine on Education.

Former Minister for Merseyside Lord Heseltine says the overall standard of education in the UK is a “disgrace” and bringing it up to scratch was the “great challenge of our time”.

Lord Heseltine was speaking at an ‘Urbanisation and Cities’ event during the International Business Festival in Liverpool, which 27,000 delegates from around the world are expected to attend over the next couple of weeks.

‘Heart of everything’

He told the audience at Exhibition Centre Liverpool that education was the key reinvigorating communities. He said: “At the heart of everything lies education – if we can educate people then we can liberate them.

“Many schools are a disgrace. We are 29th in the global league table of educational standards and that is simply not good enough. We have great schools and great universities but it is the trailing edge that holds back our economy. “There is an acceptance of indifferent performance in many parts of the country, particularly in the North, and the elected Mayors needs to get involved in tackling that.”

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