Winners and losers under proposals

The new National Funding Formula (NFF) is supposed to be fairer, but ‘it has unintended consequences for many schools in Northumberland’.

Andy Johnson, director of education at Northumberland County Council.

Schools improving and council having impact, but more to do

By working together, ‘we can help Northumberland become more successful, cohesive and prosperous’ – that’s the view of the county’s director of education.

Dame Vera Baird

‘A huge blow to common sense’

Government plans to make teaching about sex, domestic abuse and LGBT issues compulsory in schools in England and Wales have been scrapped, in a move that Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has described as a ‘huge blow to common sense’.

Members of RAF Boulmer's Youth Activities team with Duchess's Community High School pupils.

Youth team leads the way

Members of Royal Air Force Boulmer’s Youth Activities team gave pupils some food for thought when they visited the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick.

From left: Duke's Middle School students Cameron Pounder, Maddison Hall and Antonia Johnson.

Triumphant trio

Cameron Pounder, Maddison Hall and Antonia Johnson, from Alnwick’s Duke’s Middle School, won the Rotary North East District Intermediate Level Youth Speaks Competition last Sunday.

Robert Arckless

Free school meals: Reminder to check if you are eligible

Northumberland County Council is reminding families who receive state benefits that they may be entitled to claim free school meals.

Advantexs Stephen OConnell

Schools urged to act ahead of agency closure this year

Northumberland schools could be without access to adequate e-safety advice and security resources when a Government-backed support network closes this year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with the head boys and girls at Seahouses Primary School.

MP visits ‘new’ Seahouses Primary School

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan paid a visit to Seahouses Primary School last Friday, which has made the move to being a primary school under the move to a two-tier system.

The new Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick.

Alnwick’s high school named as one of best state secondaries

The Duchess’s Community High School is included in a Tatler magazine list of the 20 best state secondary schools in the UK for 2017.


Call for online safety classes as children left unprotected against online bullying and grooming

Children are being left to "fend for themselves" against dangers such as bullying and grooming in the digital world, the Children's Commissioner for England has claimed.

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Monitoring potential impact of changes to funding for schools

Councillors and officers are keeping a close eye on the new national funding formula for schools – and there are concerns about small rural schools.

From left: Northumberland College student Ben Wilkinson, Principal and CEO, Marcus Clinton, Chairman of Governors Jacqui Henderson CBE, North East LEP Board Member David Land and student Lewis Mortimer marking the first dig in the ground on the �2.5million STEM Centre site.

Work to start on new £2.5m state-of-the-art college unit

Northumberland College has officially broken ground for works to commence on the £2.5million state-of-the-art STEM Centre at its Ashington campus, scheduled to be completed by summer 2017.

Staff at Thropton Village First School.

Improvements being made at Thropton

The first school in Thropton which Ofsted said required improvement following an inspection last year is ‘taking effective action’.


VIDEO: Broomhill Christmas Stars

Pupils delight with festive song.

VIDEO: Amble's melody makers.

First School pupils hit the right note!


VIDEO: Nativity song is a festive delight

Children from across the district have been busy rehearsing for their Christmas performances.


VIDEO: Pupils hit the right note

Amble Links First School Choir
Year 4 pupils from St Michael's CE Primary School during their trip to Newcastle Cathedral.

A visit to Newcastle Cathedral

The Year 4 Dolphin class at St Michael’s CE Primary School in Alnwick was treated to a visit to St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle last week.

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Abbie Emery, Tara Blyth, John Strasenbugh, Laura Brown, Luke Shears, and Cassey Kinghorn.

Youth election results announced as thousands cast their vote

More than 6,000 young people voted this week to elect Youth Parliament representatives and new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

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