Schools round-up: Democracy, poetry and bicycles

More than 200 pupils took part in an interactive session with local councillors at the county council’s HQ to mark Local Democracy Week.

The harvest festival contribution from St Michael's CofE Primary School in Alnwick.

Supporting the town’s needy people

After planning and delivering the Harvest Festival the previous week, the Year 5 Narwhals at St Michael’s CofE Primary School in Alnwick had another important job to do in church last week.

The English language can get us all confused.

'Off your own back' and four other common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and Shakespeare right up to myriad modern wordsmiths – not to mention those apt aphorisms that English has appropriated from other languages.

From left, Martin Latto, Alex Rae and Joe Bennett.

Workshop for A-Level drama students

A drama workshop took place in the new studio at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick last week.

Members of the class of 1964 returned to the Duke's Middle School in Alnwick.

Old boys return to old stomping ground

Members of the Duke’s School’s class of 1964 returned to Alnwick last weekend to visit their old school.

Imogen Bowden with Year 5 in their new classroom at Shilbottle Primary School.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Plenty of changes in 2016

2016 has been a transitional year at Shilbottle’s school with staff changes and a switch to primary, meaning a new logo, uniform and buildings.


WATCH: Official opening of £2m training centre in Blyth

The Duchess of Northumberland yesterday officially opened a £2million training centre which aims to help strengthen Blyth’s position in the offshore energy market.
Justine Greening

Major speakers at North East education event

The Education Secretary will be the keynote speaker at a major North East schools summit taking place this week.

Whittingham Primary School pupils in their new uniform.

From Whittingham to Uganda

Pupils at Whittingham have a new uniform to celebrate becoming a primary school.

Scenic Druridge Bay beach

10 things university students should tick off while in the North East

Thousands of students are arriving in the North East for the first time for the start of freshers’ weeks at the region’s universities.

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The new Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick.

New era of education as high school opens

Today marked ‘a historic, once-in-a-lifetime moment’ as some of the students started term at the long-awaited new high school in Alnwick.

Students celebrate their results.

GCSE RESULTS: Success for Northumberland schools

Early results indicate that half of Northumberland’s 16 secondary/high schools achieved GCSE results above the 2015 national average.

The North East has a great social scene for students

Newcastle universities named best in the country... for drinking

Newcastle has the best nightlife, according to a nationwide survey of university students.
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Language classes win prize for third year

A scheme to teach youngsters to speak foreign languages, which has classes in Alnwick, has won a prestigious national competition.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan is supporting School Diversity Week.

MP backs School Diversity Week

The first ever School Diversity Week was officially launched in Parliament on Tuesday, with the support of the Education Secretary, Peter Tatchell and dozens of other MPs and celebrities.

Study of media multi-tasking teens

Teens who text while watching TV ‘score lowest in exams’

Teens who divide their attention between watching the TV and texting on the their mobiles score low marks in their exams.

Kids could be cashing in on good exam results

Parents could pay out £239 reward for kids’ good exam results

More than four in five parents with children taking exams this year are offering rewards to their offspring such as cash, holidays and gadgets, a survey has found.


The GCSE maths questions which are stumping millions of adults

Millions of British adults cannot answer maths GCSE papers sat by 15-year-olds, according to a new study.

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George Osborne. Picture by PA.

Schools can bid to have longer teaching days - and all must become academies, Budget will announce

Every state school in England will become an academy by 2022, with £1.5billion of additional funding for education in the Budget, Chancellor George Osborne will announce today.

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Rugby tackling should be banned in schools, say doctors

More than 70 doctors and health experts have written to the Government calling for a ban on tackling in school rugbygames.

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