'Shocking' number of primary school starters unable to put on coat or use toilet on own - Alan Milburn

The Northern Echo: Former Cabinet ministers Alan Milburn, who has been accused of plotting to force Gordon Brown to step down as Prime Minister

6:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE number of children who start school unable to go to the toilet or put on a coat by themselves is “shocking”, Alan Milburn has warned.

Schools target child sexual exploitation

The Northern Echo:

10:45am Friday 17th October 2014

THE grooming and sexual exploitation of children in a North-East town hit the headlines recently. LUCY RICHARDSON discovers what is being done to protect youngsters at schools Middlesbrough to ensure it doesn’t become another Rotherham or Oxford.

School absences 'at all time low'

6:06pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

NEW Government figures show that the percentage of pupils persistently missing lessons in North-East and North Yorkshire schools is at a new all-time low.

Helping students go further

6:02pm Thursday 9th October 2014

ALMOST 70 students at the University of York have received scholarships to study Masters degrees - as part of a multi-million pound scheme to encourage under-represented groups into postgraduate education.

Best teachers 'should move to toughest schools'

5:34pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A LEADING North-East educationalist has urged high-performing teachers to apply for jobs in the most challenging regional schools in a bid to push up standards.

Lecturers balloted over 'pensions gap'

12:03am Thursday 9th October 2014

STAFF at North-East universities will have wildly different retirement packages if radical proposals for academic pensions are forced through, according to union officials.

North-East unis highly rated by students

1:12pm Friday 3rd October 2014

THREE North-East universities have been rated among the top 10 in the UK for offering the best quality of student life.

North-East university slips out of world top 200

The Northern Echo: Newcastle University's medical faculty where a wide range of scientific research is carried out.

2:21pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

NEWCASTLE University is one of three in the UK to lose their place in the top 200 global higher education league table.

Special school worker ordered to pay compensation after theft

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Heather Waterson pictured leaving Consett Magistrates Court.

2:35pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A WOMAN who stole cash from a North-East special school was discovered when parents who had been sent arrears letters inundated staff with queries.

Melissa lands dream job in Disneyland

The Northern Echo: Sunderland University graduate pictured at her new place of work, Walt Disney World in Florida,  USA.

10:02am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A YOUNG graduate is bringing a flavour of the North-East to 11 million visitors from around the globe, in her role as a cultural representative at Walt Disney World Florida.

'Bring your own devices to school' is trend which is gaining ground

The Northern Echo: Pupil Nathan Radbourne uses one of the iPads at Froebelian School

10:02am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE concept of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ is starting to be adopted in our schools with a handful of trailblazers paving the way for more widespread adoption.

National recognition for Darlington school

The Northern Echo: Longfield School’s new head boy Connor Chapman and head girl Yeva Creegan with the national parental engagement award and head teacher Susan Johnson, left, and deputy head Sarah Davidson

10:02am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

PARENTS and staff at a Darlington secondary school have been recognised nationally for their efforts after working together to improve standards.

New independent girls' school opens

The Northern Echo: Head teacher Hilary French is joined by head girl Davina Nylander (right) and youngest student Molli James (11) to cut the ribbon at the launch of Newcastle High School for Girls.

10:01am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE North-East has a new independent girls’ school following the merger of two long-established schools in the leafy Newcastle suburb of Jesmond.

Dads urged to join reading revolution

The Northern Echo: Professor James Law from Newcastle University pictured with 18-month-old Eve Bullock at the 'Seven Stories' children's literature centre in Newcastle during a research project.

10:02am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ONE and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to read well by 2025 unless urgent action is taken to tackle the reading crisis, according to North-East academics.

Bumper year for college

10:01am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IT has been another bumper year at Darlington College which has enrolled over 2,000 students on courses over the summer.

Academy appoints new head

The Northern Echo: Unity City Academy's new head of school, Richard Harrison, pictured with executive principal Sue Hare.

4:20pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A NEW headteacher has been appointed at Unity City Academy, in east Middlesbrough.

Graduate artist wins major art prize

The Northern Echo: Graduate artist Ramona Zoladek, winner of the £20,000 Woon Foundation Art Prize pictured with some of her work.

6:34pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A POLISH-BORN graduate artist, whose work explores the relationships between nature, objects and architecture, has been named the winner of the £20,000 Woon Foundation Art Prize at Northumbria University.

Science challenge for 11-14s

The Northern Echo: Young science students get to grips with the Ultimate STEM Challenge

10:16am Tuesday 16th September 2014

SCHOOLS across the North-East and North Yorkshire are being urged to get involved in an exciting new science competition.

First book is 'a doodle'

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN illustrator who has transformed doodles into a creative art form is celebrating publication of her first book.

Pioneering 'studio' school opens

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

STUDIO West, Tyneside’s pioneering new school for 13 to 19-year-olds, has opened its doors to students.

Hearing loss 'not being diagnosed'

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10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A RESEARCHER at a North-East university has found that many people with learning disabilities with hearing loss are not being diagnosed.

Meet the schools 'enforcer'

The Northern Echo: Jan Renou,  new Regional Schools Commissioner for the North of England.

10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

For the first time the North of England has its own Regional Schools Commissioner.

Teaching school status for St Bede’s

The Northern Echo: Neville Harrison, headteacher of St Bede's.

12:17am Monday 15th September 2014

STAFF at a north Durham secondary school have been chosen to help train the teachers of the future

North-East MP warns nurseries are under threat

The Northern Echo: NURSERY FEARS: North West Durham MP Pat Glass

8:02pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

HUNDREDS of nursery schools are under threat from funding cuts and Government “neglect”, a North-East MP has warned.

Radical new studio schools part of transformed landscape

10:06am Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE controversial figure of Michael Gove may not be in charge of education any more but his legacy lives on in a schools landscape which has been transformed in recent years.

Young people 'need more info' on education and training

10:06am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A TRAINING organisation which has centres across the North-East, is calling for 16 year olds to be given more information about alternative forms of education and training.

New theory could explain lack of galaxies

The Northern Echo: Two models of the dark matter distribution in the halo of a galaxy like the Milky Way, separated by the white line. The colours represent the density of dark matter, with red indicating high-density and blue indicating low-density. On the left is a simula

4:35pm Monday 8th September 2014

SCIENTISTS believe they have found a way to explain why there are not as many galaxies orbiting the Milky Way as expected.

Council 'out of pocket' over school meals

The Northern Echo: Pictured in the lunch queue at Red Rose Primary School, from left, are Olivia Robinson, Samuel Parker, Abigail Clenahan, Ruth Thomas and Frances Stratton. All year two pupils.

6:45am Friday 5th September 2014

AT least one local education authority in the region will be substantially out of pocket because of the extension of universal free school meals.

Labour MP Jenny Chapman speaks in favour of free schools

The Northern Echo: PASSPORT OUTRAGE: Darlington MP Jenny Chapman

6:04am Friday 5th September 2014

ONE of the region’s Labour MPs has backed the Government’s ‘free schools’ - admitting it might “upset” many of her colleagues.

School closed

1:01pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A SCHOOL has closed again after just one day back from the summer holidays due to a burst water main. Secondary school pupils at Egglescliffe School, near Stockton, were told not to come to school today, Wednesday, September 3. However it is expected the school will reopen as normal tomorrow (Thursday).

Students will see £22m improvements

The Northern Echo: Sunderland College's deputy principal Nigel Harrett in the new Visual Performing Arts centre.

10:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

SUNDERLAND College is about to welcome more than 700 students to its new, improved Bede Campus.

Mentoring firm aims to inspire students

The Northern Echo: Philip King, managing director of Mentoring Professional Ltd, who aims to raise classroom ambitions.

9:58am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NORTH-EAST company has delivered its first classroom mentoring session designed to inspire young people’s workplace ambitions.

History man has new goal

The Northern Echo: DEFENDER’S DEGREE: Graduate and ex-Boro player Christian Burgess       Picture: MICHELLE MADDISON PHOTOGRAPHYCastlegate Shopping Centre promote July 4th Independence Day Event, pictured .5th July 2014Pictured by Michelle Maddison Photography07798724

9:58am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FOR footballer Christian Burgess, success in the classroom is as important as achievements on the football pitch.

Free talk will address inequalities

10:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE issue of health inequality in an increasingly unequal UK is the topic of the Wolfson Annual Lecture at Durham University’s Stockton campus later this year.

Top-performing private schools announced

9:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

THE Royal Grammar School in Newcastle has topped GCSE independent school league tables’ for the North-East and North Yorkshire according to new figures.

Self-deception could explain disasters

1:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

OVER confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, a study has found.

North Yorkshire school children missing out on free meals

The Northern Echo: school meals generic

6:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

ALMOST one in five poor children in North Yorkshire are missing out on their free school meals – despite 100 per cent take up in much of the North-East.

Student joy as work placement leads to jobs

The Northern Echo: Stockton Riverside College Prince’s Trust Team programme students Daniel Chantrell and Heather Watson.

9:26am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A FORTNIGHT’S work experience has paid off for two Stockton Riverside College students after bosses were so impressed with their work that they offered the pair permanent contracts.

Journey of discovery for students

The Northern Echo: Students and parents get a first look inside Discovery School and try out the innovative ceiling-based  power source, as demonstrated by student Aiden Thomson, centre.

9:26am Tuesday 26th August 2014

STUDENTS got to see more than a million pounds worth of engineering equipment when they were taken on their first tour inside a new industry-friendly school.

Ofsted inspections can be 'mechanical and dull'

The Northern Echo: Professor Bridget Cooper from Sunderland University.

9:26am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Being an “outstanding” school is imperative not just to all teachers and headteachers, but also to the parents of students and those of prospective students. However, when Ofsted comes knocking on the door, schools are having to make their lessons mechanical and dull.

'First jobs' campaign

5:55pm Sunday 24th August 2014

YOUNG people in the North-East are being encouraged to think about how their first experiences in the world of work could lead to the unlikeliest of careers.

Business boss praises GCSE results

3:50pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE North-East Chamber of Commerce has congratulated North-East students and teachers for achieving a strong set of GCSE results.

Live GCSE results day

The Northern Echo:

9:22am Thursday 21st August 2014

Live reports, key results and pictures from schools around the region

Success for music hopeful

The Northern Echo: SMOOTH MARKS: All that jazz, Tom Joashi, of Richmond, with his sax and top results.

5:32pm Thursday 21st August 2014

SAXOPHONIST Tom Joashi’s school days reached a crescendo after he achieved 10A*s and As.

Overall GCSE pass rate 'slightly up' but English takes a hit

The Northern Echo: Richmond School students celebrate their GCSE results:    Pictured (L-to-R) Kieran Spence, Sophie Spink, Henry Willis, Pippa Williamson Fox, Thomas Markham, Beth Teale, Robin Nolan.

5:15pm Thursday 21st August 2014

DESPITE what is thought to be the biggest drop in English grades in the history of GCSE there has been a slight increase in the number of candidates who scored an A* to C pass.

Hard work pays off for GCSE success story Adam, from Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: TOP MARKS: Sixteen year old Adam Foakes from Sedgefield College with his GCSE results. Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A TEENAGER has achieved an A* in English Literature despite not learning to speak until he was five-years-old and struggling with literacy as a child.

Language is no barrier for Polish student

The Northern Echo: GCSE JOY: Smashing her exams, volleyball player Laura Hailes

3:59pm Thursday 21st August 2014

LANGUAGE proved to be no barrier for a Polish student who secured some top GSCE results, despite being able to speak no English when he started school.

Globalisation is putting language learning firmly on the agenda

10:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

In an increasingly global economy, there has never been a better time to learn a second language, writes Pat Howarth, principal of Hummersknott Academy in Darlington.

Sales training bootcamp boosts skills

The Northern Echo: Suzanne Jobson from Cestria Community Housing and New Results training directors Mike Lever and Nevil Tynemouth (pictured left)  with the young future entrepreneurs at One Point Hub, Chester -le-Street, Durham.

10:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

YOUNG people in Chester- le-Street were ready to hit the market stalls after taking part in a sales bootcamp.

Dental nurse course aims to fill gap

The Northern Echo: Photograph shows (L-to-R): Mark Warner – principal dentist at Framwellgate Dental Surgery, Claire Kelly – curriculum manager at New College Durham, Abbie Hillman – dental nurse at Framwellgate Dental Surgery. The ‘patient’ is

10:10am Tuesday 19th August 2014

NEW College Durham has launched a new course to help students take their first steps towards a career in the dental industry.

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