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Northern children left behind.

Northern children left behind.

Too many children growing up in the north of England are facing the double disadvantage of entrenched deprivation and poor schools, a report warns.

England's Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield says children from poorer homes face an education gap that starts before school and widens over time.

She calls for greater investment for struggling families and a scheme to boost teacher recruitment in the North.

The government says it has committed £70m to improve schools in the region.

The commissioners' report - Growing Up North, Look North: A generation of children await the powerhouse promise - is based on 12 months of research and conversations with children, schools, businesses, councils, health professionals and charities.

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