44 schools in the North East will receive funding to improve their buildings as part of the government’s £560 million investment in education.

The government revealed how their allocation of the budget would be spread across the country on Wednesday with schools in Newcastle, Sunderland, County Durham, Northumberland, Gateshead and Tyneside receiving the funding in the North East.

The funding will be used to complete building works on schools including renovations, ensuring buildings are more energy-efficient and some small-scale expansion projects to expand school sizes.

The government has invested in schools in the north and midlands particularly to improve the quality of education across the country and to support the recovery of the country from the coronavirus pandemic.

580 academies, sixth form colleges and voluntary aided schools across the country will receive the government investment.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “As we work towards all children returning to school in September, this investment in our school and college buildings helps create modern environments that lend themselves to great teaching, making sure every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

“We have worked at great speed to release this additional £560 million of condition funding to schools for projects this year to kick-start the economy and transform the buildings so vital for excellent teaching.

“We have now allocated over £2 billion this year to improve the condition of our school buildings, paving the way for our new transformative ten-year school building programme starting later this year with over £1 billion funding for the first wave of 50 schools.”